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Seattle, Washington – Collision Results in Vehicle on Fire at I-5

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Posted on October 4, 2019

Seattle, Washington (October 4, 2019) – Update: A semi truck burst into flames on southbound Interstate 5 Express near Mercer Street. The truck driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he is said to be in stable condition. It has been confirmed that no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The incident happened around 5:30 a.m. According to the report, the semi truck crashed into a concrete freeway structure, resulting in the vehicle catching on fire. The wreck blocked the lanes and caused traffic to be backed up from Seattle to Lynnwood.

About Vehicle Fire

While these particular cases have a suspicious cause, any incident involving a vehicle fire is a cause for alarm and can present a very dangerous situation. No matter the cause, all passengers are advised to get as far away from the vehicle when it ignites. The nature of the vehicle and the materials used in it builds potential for big fires and explosions.

To minimize the risk of fires, it is always best to make sure that a vehicle is well-maintained and in good condition. While there are many known causes of car fires, a fire does not always start with just one cause. More often, a number of factors are present when a car fire happens. This makes investigation difficult, but by listing the known causes of car fires, car owners can take the proper steps to analyse their own vehicle’s safety. Some factors do not always directly start the fire but raise the risk for creating it; these factors are design flaws, vehicle neglect, the use of faulty electrical or hybrid batteries, and the spilling or leaking of flammable liquids . On the other hand, factors that can directly cause vehicle fires are car crashes, arson, faulty wiring, and overheating car parts and components. The top two causes for car fires are electrical system failures and leaks in the fuel system. Additionally, one must look over the cargo being carried and make sure there is risk that the cargo can also burst into flames. In identifying these fire risks, one can then properly assess their vehicle to see if any of these risks are present. Like with all fire risks, early detection can help prevent any damage, loss, injuries and fatalities.