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PHOTOS: Dump truck exits I-30, goes up in flames

by Gavin Lesnick | April 29, 2015 at 1:24 p.m.
A dump truck hauling bauxite caught fire Wednesday, April 29, 2015, off Interstate 30 in Little Rock. No one was injured in the fire.

No one was injured when a dump truck hauling bauxite caught fire Wednesday afternoon off Interstate 30 in Little Rock.

It happened about 12:45 p.m. as driver Shaun Whitaker of Benton was exiting the eastbound lanes at Scott Hamilton Drive.

Whitaker said he smelled and saw smoke, so he pulled the truck to the side of the exit ramp and got out. About a minute later, it went up in flames.

"I was more scared to death than anything," Whitaker said.

The cause of the fire isn't yet known.

The wreck blocked the exit for a time, though it reopened about 1:15 p.m.

Photo by Special to the Democrat-Gazette/Shaun Whitaker
A dump truck hauling bauxite caught fire Wednesday, April 29, 2015, off Interstate 30 in Little Rock. No one was injured in the fire.
Photo by Special to the Democrat-Gazette/Shaun Whitaker
A dump truck hauling bauxite caught fire on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 off of Interstate 30 in Little Rock. No one was injured in the fire.
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