Truck Driver Chokes on Licorice, Starts Fire

It has been a rough year for fires in Colorado. Experts say that it is the worst the state has seen at least in the last decade, possibly longer. Officials have determined that that they were mistaken in identifying the cause of one fire. Initially thought to originate from a discarded cigarette, Colorado State Patrol reps now say that a minor truck accident caused a five-acre brush fire near Glenwood Springs.

Gregory Parry, 53, was driving a tanker truck filled with 7,500 gallons of gasoline. He said he choked on a piece of licorice, lost control of the truck and crashed into a guardrail. Parry noticed that a fire had started behind him and immediately steered the tanker away from the fire. Police charged him with careless driving.

At first, officials thought that a stray cigarette started the fire because the burn area was far away from homes and businesses. A closer examination of the burned field yielded a lug nut cover that was “severely heat damaged.”

“It appears as though some of the lug nut covers got heated from the collision and may have gotten lobbed off as much as 200 feet into the dry grass,” said Glenwood Springs fire chief Gary Tillotson.

Fortunately, the fire department was able to contain the fire within a few hours with no reported injuries. Given Colorado’s dry conditions and the amount of flammable materials Parry was transporting, this truck accident could have been far worse.

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1 thought on “Truck Driver Chokes on Licorice, Starts Fire”

  1. Everyone in the area is fortunate that the fire department was able to contain that fire quickly. Some of Colorado’s other fires required weeks of effort from hundreds of professionals. Given the dry conditions in many states, every motorist needs to watch for stray sparks, gasoline leaks and lit cigarettes. Some of the biggest fires started with stray embers from controlled burns.

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