A truck towing a trailer burst into flames Tuesday afternoon, closing the Trans-Canada Highway in Glacier National Park for two hours.
The fire started at around 2:30 p.m. when a man driving a one-tonne pickup truck towing a Fifth Wheel trailer up the Beaver Hill noticed flames coming out from under his hood.
“He immediately got out of the vehicle and we were notified,” said Marnie DiGiandomenico, a spokesperson with Parks Canada.
Parks staff and the RCMP attended the scene. The truck was towed to the side of the road and allowed to burn out. There were no dangers of a forest fire, said DiGiandomenico.
The highway was closed from the Rogers Pass Summit to the bottom of the Beaver Hill on the eastern edge of the park.
Eastbound traffic was opened from the summit at 4:30 p.m. and westbound traffic was opened from the bottom of the hill at 5:30 p.m.
The driver of the truck was not injured, but his vehicle is a complete write-off. The cause of the fire is being investigated.