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Overheated brakes set fire to trailer, shutting down Monarch Pass

CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. - A trailer caught fire and shut down U.S. Highway 50 on Monarch Pass on Monday night. 

It was about 9:30 p.m. when a 1998 Peterbilt semi-tractor's trailer caught fire while traveling eastbound on Highway 50, just 12 miles west of Salida.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the trailer's brakes overheated and sparked the flames.

The trailer was hauling corn and other produce and became fully engulfed.

The driver, Lawanda Jackson, 43, of Tyler TX, was able to disconnect the tractor from the trailer, and drive
to safety. 

That portion of the highway was closed for cleanup until around 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning. 


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