Truck on Fire Shut 101 Southbound Lanes Between Ukiah and Hopland, Humboldt County Woman Assists Truck Driver


A semi truck on fire temporarily closed the southbound lanes of Hwy 101 south of Talmadge. [Photo provided by Diana Totten]

A Humboldt County woman, Diana Totten, helped a truck driver to safety when his semi began smoking and then blazing between south of Ukiah about 10 a.m. The driver was trying to put it out with a fire extinguisher.

Totten, who is a retired firefighter, says she called in the incident. Then she convinced the driver that he would be in danger if he didn’t stop fighting the flames. “It was too big,” she said.

Fire crews from the area arrived and “knocked it down fairly quickly before it spread much into the wildland,” she explained.

All southbound lanes were blocked for approximately twenty minutes while the big truck burned.



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