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Firefighters dodge flying corks in wine truck fire

Associated Press - September 5, 2009 4:45 PM ET

WAMSUTTER, Wyo. (AP) - A semitrailer carrying wine from Oregon and Washington state caught fire in Wyoming and sent out shooting corks at emergency responders battling the blaze on Interstate 80 near Wamsutter.

Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Scott Keane says 1 of his troopers was hit in the arm by a cork, and that firefighters were also hindered by shattering bottles.

But Keane says no one was injured and the truck driver escaped after the truck caught fire Thursday due to what Keane says was likely a locked brake or hub malfunction.

The fire was so intense it burned the trailer down to its axles, melted the tires, and damaged about 75 of pavement.

Troopers closed both eastbound lanes of I-80 for about two hours during the fire before reopening the passing lane.

The value of the loss was not available.

Information from: Rawlins Daily Times

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