A crane truck burst into flames on the Marsha Sharp Freeway, triggering a couple of explosions that sent flaming debris onto nearby roadways and fields Tuesday afternoon in downtown Lubbock, Texas.
The incident, which remains under investigation, created a large plume of smoke that could be seen for miles and prompted road closures for hours, but resulted in no injuries. A subsequent two-vehicle crash nearby that left a van and SUV mangled just off the freeway wasn’t immediately connected to the crane fire, but did result in non-life-threatening injuries of the vehicles’ occupants.
The cause of the crane fire was unclear and remained under investigation by the Lubbock Fire Marshal’s Office, according to public information officer Derek Delgado.
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