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Video: Trailer carrying 42,000lbs of chicken catches fire on Texas highway

A fire engine. (Dreamstime/TNS)
March 31, 2023

A trailer carrying 42,000 pounds of frozen chicken caught fire on the highway in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday.

According to police, the breaks on the 18-wheeler overheated and caught fire. The driver immediately disconnected the truck from the trailer as the trailer became engulfed in flames, Fox 4 reported.

Video posted on Twitter shows smoke billowing above the blaze and a significant emergency response.

The driver was on his way from Arkansas to California when his trailer caught fire.

Also on Wednesday, authorities in Kentucky continued responding to a barge carrying 1,400 tons of toxic Methanol that broke loose from a tugboat early Tuesday became submerged in the Ohio River after crashing into a dam. Officials said the U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

“As a result, 10 of the 11 barges broke loose, with three barges settling against the lower McAlpine Dam structure,” the release continued.

In addition to Methanol, the cargoes also carried soy and corn. Officials said there is “currently zero evidence of a tank breach or any leaks, and air and water monitoring resources are in place,” and all barges are accounted for as of Tuesday.

“Safety is the top concern – safety of the public and first responder personnel. There is currently no impact to Louisville Water’s water intake or water quality. The river waterway is open through the use of the local vessel traffic services,” the release stated.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.