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Westbound lanes of Interstate 70 reopened after pickup fire

August 04, 2013

Both westbound lanes of Interstate 70 traffic near the Washington and Frederick county lines were closed for about 90 minutes Sunday afternoon after a pickup truck towing a horse trailer caught fire on the interstate, a Washington County 911 supervisor said.

The horse trailer was eventually disconnected from the pickup truck and the nine horses inside were not hurt, Maryland State Police said.

The driver of the pickup truck, Floyd Painter Jr. of Winchester, Va., told police he ran over a piece of two-by-four lumber on the interstate, according to Trooper Brent Fogle. Painter told police he believes the piece of lumber stuck the underside of his truck, causing the fire, Fogle said.

The truck was destroyed in the fire, state police said. Arrangements were made to move the horse trailer from the scene, the dispatcher said.

The lane closures caused congestion in the area.

Neither Painter nor his wife, a passenger in the truck, were hurt in the fire, which was reported at 2:21 p.m.

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