Driver escapes truck fire on I-72 near Barry

Posted: Jul. 30, 2014 12:55 pm Updated: Aug. 13, 2014 1:15 pm
A truck owned by Micro-Surfacing in East Peoria caught on fire while traveling on I-72 near Barry on Wednesday morning. (H-W Photo/Michael Kipley)

BARRY, Ill. - A truck owned by Micro-Surfacing, based in East Peoria, caught on fire while traveling on I-72 at Exit Ramp 20 near Barry on Wednesday morning.

Herald-Whig Photographer Michael Kipley was on the scene shortly after 11 a.m. and talked to the driver, Dan Hulva, who said the truck was heading from West Point to Mattoon and "just caught on fire on the highway."

Hulva got out of the truck, uninjured, and along with a co-worker who was following him in another truck, attempted to put the fire out, "but it was just too much," he said. "We are pretty sure it was an electrical fire starting around the engine's injection block from the looks of the first flames. It ignited the fuel and that is why the fire extinguisher was no match."

Traffic on eastbound I-72 was blocked temporarily, but Kipley said once firefighters extinguished the flames, traffic started flowing again at about 11:45 a.m.