Dash Cam Video of Hay Hauler Fire Sets the Internet Ablaze
Albia, IA – An Iowa policeman’s dash cam captured the rapid envelopment of a flatbed trailer’s load of hay in a video that has now gone viral on social media.
The incident happened on Monday on State Highway 34 just west of South 13th Street in Albia around 11:15 a.m.
Deputy Todd Stewart with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) was parked on the shoulder of US-34 waiting for a Dodge pick-up truck that was called in for erratic driving.
Deputy Stewart located the Dodge heading west on US-34, and as he checked his left mirror to enter traffic, he “observed a semi pulling round bales of hay,” a statement provided to Transportation Nation Network (TNN) described.
The officer quickly realized one of the hay bales on the right rear of the flatbed trailer was on fire.
Stewart said he immediately activated his emergency lights and pulled the semi-truck over.
As Stewart existed his vehicle to approach the rig, he saw the truck driver lowering the trailer jacks.
The driver — identified by MCSO as Derek Ross Schultz of Eddyville, IA — also pulled the king pin and air lines.
“By the time he (Schultz) moved the tractor, the hay was fully engulfed,” Stewart stated.
Due to Stewart and Schultz’s quick actions, the tractor sustained no damage and nobody was injured.
The Albia Fire Department arrived on scene within eight minutes of being notified, and firefighters quickly went to work to contain the blaze.
Additionally, the Iowa Department of Transportation was notified and later arrived to the scene to assist with cleanup.
Chief Deputy Mat Scharff informed TNN on Tuesday the fire was fully extinguished by 5:30 p.m.
Investigators have yet to indicate what likely sparked the blaze.
MCSO uploaded Stewart’s dash cam footage of the event to its Facebook page Monday afternoon.
As of this publishing, it has over 400,000 views.
Click HERE to watch the full six minute video on MCSO’s Facebook page.
DRAMATIC HAY FIRE: Hay bales on a semi-truck caught fire along Highway 34 in Iowa causing quite a sight. Officials said there were no injuries and the bales will likely burn out over a few days. pic.twitter.com/xvp6rYsOUP
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