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Car catches fire on Interstate 70

no one injured

August 08, 2011
  • This Audi coupe was destroyed by a fire Monday morning along Interstate 70 in eastern Washington County. The driver escaped uninjured, police said.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

One lane of westbound Interstate 70 was briefly blocked off about three miles east of the Mapleville Road (Md. 66) exit (Exit 35) Monday morning after a car caught fire.

Nobody was injured, according to Trooper Brown of the Maryland State Police.

The driver of the Audi coupe pulled the car over into the emergency lane after noticing some mechanical issues while driving it, Brown said. When he got out, he realized the car on fire.

Brown said the fire originated in the engine compartment.

Police responded to the fire around 9:10 a.m. Monday, a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services said.

Firetrucks from the Mount Aetna Volunteer Fire Department and the Myersville Volunteer Fire Company were also on the scene with the Maryland State Police. Firefighters from both departments helped to put out the fire in the car.

An emergency vehicle from the Maryland State Highway Administration was also on the scene to help block off the right lane of westbound I-70.

The lane reopened when the firefighters left the scene around 9:53 a.m. The car was towed away by 10 a.m.

— Caleb Calhoun, Mobile Journalist

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