A fire fully engulfed and destroyed an Oregon Department of Transportation Incident Response truck Wednesday morning on Interstate 205 southbound lanes near Oregon City.
ODOT believes the fire, which blocked the southbound lanes for about 30 minutes until firefighters got it under control, was accidental. All lanes reopened by 9 a.m., and ODOT will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.
On Nov. 28 at approximately 6:30 a.m., the ODOT vehicle arrived on scene to assist Oregon State Police at a crash that was partially blocking the southbound offramp to Highway 213 at the Park Place interchange. The ODOT driver got out of his vehicle parked in the lane and walked up to where an OSP trooper was investigating the crash. While returning, the ODOT employee saw it was on fire. The OSP trooper cleared the first crash scene and circled back around to stop north of the ODOT vehicle on fire and blocked the southbound lanes.
ODOT's Incident Response vehicles routinely carry flares and canisters of gasolineused to assist stranded motoristswhich contributed to the intensity of the fire.
Firefighters from Clackamas Fire District No. 1 and Gladstone Fire Department responded to the scene and had the fire under control about 7 a.m. allowing lanes to begin to reopen.
ODOT personnel remained at the scene and inspected the traffic lane where the vehicle fire occurred. The highway was not damaged, and the driver was not injured.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office also assisted OSP, ODOT and fire personnel at the scene.