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Vehicle Fire on Interstate 40 Causes Traffic Backup


Knox County, TN (August 5, 2020) Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation report that an Interstate 40 vehicle fire occurred on the morning of August 5th. The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. near 380 and resulted in the off ramp being blocked, while westbound traffic was not impacted. Work crews expected an hour to clear the accident scene. Additional details about how the vehicle fire occurred are still pending.

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that 212,500 vehicle fires occurred in 2018. Many of these fires led to injuries, and even fatalities.

Common Causes of Vehicle Fires 

Some of the most common causes of vehicle fires include:

  • Design flaws including electrical issues or faulty batteries
  • Electrical problems involving batteries or heating systems
  • Engines that overheat coolants or oils, which then ignite
  • Improperly maintained catalytic converters that overheat
  • Vehicle collisions in which the gas tank is struck

How to Respond if Your Vehicle Catches Fire 

If your vehicle catches fire, there are some critical steps that you should remember to take, which include:

  • If your engine begins to fume or you smell burning rubber, pull over to the side of the road and immediately turn off your engine
  • Avoid opening the trunk or hood
  • Move at least 100 feet away from the vehicle
  • If you have a phone, contact emergency workers
  • Remain as far away as possible from the vehicle until emergency workers arrive

Speak with a Knowledgeable Knoxville Accident Attorney 

Accidents involving vehicle fires often result in devastating consequences. If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle that was not your fault, do not hesitate to speak with Fox, Farley, Willis & Burnette today.

Note: This post was written based on available resources, news stories, and online reports about this incident. As is often the case with fast breaking news, there is always the risk that some details are still being shared and uncovered. Please contact us if you notice any information that should be changed or added. Thanks!

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