Westbound I-30 traffic was backed up almost to Prescott Tuesday afternoon due to heavy smoke from a truck and trailer which caught fire around the 38 mile marker just after 3 p.m.
Thick black smoke obstructed visibility of the interstate, requiring law enforcement to restrict traffic to one lane so firefighters from Perrytown Fire Department could safely deal with the blaze.
Quinton Rhodes of Little Rock said he and three others were traveling west in his 07 Dodge Ram dually when he noticed smoke coming from under the hood. Rhodes said he pulled over and attempted to open the hood but was unable to due to the heavy smoke.
The fire spread quickly through the truck. Rhodes and the other occupants all got clear of the truck without injury.
Perrytown Volunteer Fire Department, Arkansas State Police, Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office and Pafford EMS all responded.