Fire causes morning traffic jam on I-93 in Bow; driver is okay

  • Bow firefighters Cory Girard and John Bowler extinguish a car fire on the northbound side of Interstate 93 on Tuesday morning. The driver escaped on his own without injury. Courtesy of Bow Fire Department

Monitor staff
Published: 10/23/2018 12:01:31 PM

A car fire caused a traffic jam during the morning commute on Interstate 93 in Bow on Tuesday, closing two lanes on the northbound side for less than 40 minutes.

The driver escaped without injury after pulling onto the breakdown lane on the right when smoke arose from the engine, Bow fire Chief Mitchell Harrington said. There were no passengers in the car.

“We believe it was a mechanical issue that caused it to catch fire,” Harrington said.

Bow fire responded to the call at 7:23 a.m. Firefighters took one truck down I-93 southbound and used a crossover about 1,000 feet from the fire to reach the northbound side. Traffic had already slowed at that point, helping firefighters steer the engine through a safe path to the fire.

The fire, burning the front end of the car, was extinguished in about 15 minutes and cleaned up by 8 a.m., Harrington said. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announced on Twitter at 8:44 a.m. that traffic had cleared.

Harrington and three Bow firefighters responded to the call, as well as state police. The car was located about 4½ miles south of the Interstate 89 exit.




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