The brakes caught fire on a tanker truck carrying liquid methanol fuel early Friday, forcing the closure of a section of Ga. 96 for several hours.
Houston County’s Fire Chief and Emergency Management Agency Director Jimmy Williams said the vehicle fire was quickly extinguished without any type of explosion or chemical leak.
The back of the trailer did suffer some fire damage, he said.
But because the integrity of the tanker was compromised, the 5:10 a.m. vehicle fire resulted in the closure of Ga. 96 from Ammons Road to Ga. 247 until 1:30 p.m., Williams said. Traffic was detoured away from the area.
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It took time for another tanker to arrive, the methanol to be transferred and for the damaged vehicle to be removed, he said.