Top video courtesy of Tori Johnson
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Crews are working to clear an 18-wheeler that caught fire and blocked lanes on the westbound service road of Highway 290 near State Highway 130 Friday morning.
That’s just west of Manor.
The fire was reported around 4:30 a.m. in the westbound service road at Parmer Lane. All westbound service lanes are blocked as well as a turn-around lane at Parmer, police said.
According to a 5:11 a.m. tweet from Austin Fire, a brake fire extended into the trailer which was hauling canned beverages. APD said the tractor trailer was carrying beer.
Sydney Johnson, the wife of the truck driver, said she was riding in the passenger seat of the 18-wheeler. They were transporting over 45,000 pounds of Michelob Ultra from Houston. They were only seven minutes away from their stop, she said.
“My husband said, ‘it’s a fire.’ We just jumped into action. We just unhooked the truck from the trailer and went from there,” Johnson said.