A New Mexico man escaped injury when his pickup truck caught fire on Interstate 90 yesterday. Andrew Wilson from Las Vegas, New Mexico was traveling eastbound just outside of Sheridan on Monday afternoon when his 2005 GMC Sierra pickup started to overheat. When the vehicle started to lose power Wilson pulled over and opened the hood. Flames erupted from the engine compartment. He attempted to douse the fire with an extinguisher. A passing motorist stopped to help Wilson and the pair attempted to disconnect the trailer he was towing. They were unsuccessful and the truck was fully engulfed in fire.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Sheridan Area Rural Fire Protection District were dispatched to the scene. Firefighters contained the blaze but the truck was a total loss.
The fire blocked one of the eastbound lanes of travel for several hours and both lanes were open early yesterday evening. The damage to the truck was so extensive that firefighters are not optimistic about finding out what caused the vehicle to overheat.