4 men escape truck fire

Published 12:03 am Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Firefighters as they tried to put out the blaze Saturday. | Stephanie Nelson/Star-News

Four men narrowly escaped injury Saturday afternoon after their truck caught fire on Ala. Hwy. 55, near the old Carl Henley store.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:15 p.m., when the Chevrolet work truck started spewing smoke from under the hood. The driver immediately pulled to the shoulder of the road as the flames began.

Witnesses said the catalytic converter caught fire, and then, grass along the road’s right-of-way.

“We grabbed what we could, and then did what anybody else would do – we ran,” said one of the passengers.

No one was injured in the blaze; however, both lanes of traffic were blocked for more than 40 minutes to allow Lockhart volunteer firefighters to put out the blaze.