Semi-truck destroyed by fire on I-75; driver unhurt (VIDEO)

| April 28, 2016

VALDOSTA – A semi-truck caught on fire and was completely destroyed Wednesday on Interstate 75, but the driver was unhurt and says he is thankful that he made it out in time.

At approximately noon, Youvone Smith was travelling south on I-75 after making a delivery in Tifton. Between mile markers 22 and 23, his truck suddenly auto-braked and emergency lights came on. Smith pulled the truck over, and he noticed flames coming from under the hood. Within 30 minutes, the entire truck was gone.

“All my personal stuff was left,” Smith said in an interview with WCTV’s Noelani Mathews. “I don’t have anything other than what you see.”

Smith said he knows he made “the right choice” by not trying to retrieve his personal items.

I-75 southbound traffic was completely shutdown for almost two hours. Lanes began to slowly re-open around just before 2 p.m.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown. Smith said his truck passed an annual inspection one week ago.

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  1. Gale Futch says:

    Glad the driver made it out safely. Nothing you have is worth loosing your life over. Hopefully he had his wallet on him with his CDL in it. But even that can be replaced. Would be nice to know what type of truck this was. And he is very lucky this truck was equipped with auto-braking and that he got warning lights. Although I dislike auto braking I guess in this case was it was definitely a good thing. I have just seen them malfunction a lot but that’s primarily in bad weather like snow in ice. Good job guy at least you got out a live.