GREEN RIVER – No injuries were reported as members of the Wyoming Highway Patrol and Green River Fire Department responded to a jeep fire on Interstate 80 Saturday.
Trooper Mitch Kannier of the Wyoming Highway Patrol and members of the Green River Fire Department responded to a jeep fire near Green River at Milepost 72 on the westbound off-ramp on Saturday. Emergency personnel were dispatched around 4 p.m.
Kannier said a female driver was traveling alone along I-80 when a passing semi-truck alerted her there was smoke coming out of the vehicle. The driver also reported seeing smoke coming from underneath the passenger dash.
As she was pulling off the road, Kannier happened to be passing. He said he also saw the smoke and was quickly on scene. Kannier tried to put out the fire, but it spread rapidly and engulfed the jeep.
“It went up quick,” Kannier said explaining it took about five minutes from her stopping the vehicle to it being totally engulfed in flames.
At this time, the Green River Fire Department was on their way. GRFD Assistant Fire Chief Mike Liberty said the GRFD responded with one truck and approximately five firefighters.
The GRFD quickly extinguished the blaze and said they are still investigating the exact cause, but officials said it appears to have started in the super charger or the turbo of the vehicle.
At the GRFD’s request, Liberty said Sweetwater County also dispatched a water tanker to help if needed. Liberty said they did not need to use the tanker.