Vt. woman traveling to Maine alerts trucker before rig goes catches fire

Posted June 05, 2011, at 11:10 a.m.

ST. ALBANS, Vt. — A 59-year-old Ohio woman is being credited with rescuing a truck driver from a fire that engulfed his tractor-trailer in Vermont.

Cindi Ann Mitchell of Cleveland told the Burlington Free Press that she and a traveling companion pulled their van into a truck stop off Interstate 89 in St. Albans Saturday night after their headlights failed while on their way to Maine. After sleeping in the van overnight, she saw flames erupt between the cab and the trailer of a nearby parked truck at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Mitchell said she ran to the truck and banged on the window, awakening 61-year-old Bill Speed of Apple Valley, Calif., before his truck went up in flames.

Nobody was hurt, but the truck was destroyed before firefighters could put out the fire.

 

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