Semi Truck on Fire on Highway 24 Eastbound

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One lane of eastbound Highway 24 is open again at Marksheffel on the east side of Colorado Springs.

A fire involving a semi truck caused all eastbound lanes to be closed earlier.

11 News talked to the driver of the semi that caught fire as it was traveling down the highway.

Teo Vanegas told 11 News he smelled smoke coming from the cab. He immediately pulled over, jumped out, and was ready to put out the fire.

"I tried to stop it you know. I got the fire extinguisher out and everything, but it wasn't enough," said Vanegas.

In a matter of moments, the fire quickly spread out of control.

Vanegas decided to step back and wait for help to arrive.

Fire crews from Colorado Springs, Cimarron Hills and Falcon all helped with the fire.

Vanegas told 11 News even though his truck is destroyed, he's lucky.

"What can you do, you know the most important thing is the life. Thank God I'm alive," said Vanegas.

After the fire was out, hazmat crews were called in to help clear the scene and any fuel that may have leaked.

Fire crews believe the fire may have started in the engine.


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