The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the cause of a hay fire on a big rig that occurred Sunday night in Woodland, an incident that also led to a crash and a drunken driving arrest.
Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Persons said the chain of events began at about 9:15 p.m., when the driver of the big rig transporting two trailers of hay on southbound Interstate 5 near County Road 102 smelled smoke and pulled over to the side of the freeway. He exited the passenger side of the truck to discover the hay load on fire.
Woodland firefighters also responded to the scene, where the truck driver pulled burning hay bales off the trailers to prevent the fire from spreading to the cab, Persons said. No injuries were reported.
However, the fire resulted in stop-and-go traffic on I-5, as well as an injury collision when the driver of a Ford Mustang rear-ended a Kia Sorento, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver of the Ford, 24-year-old Davis E. Lopez of Roseville, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Both Lopez and the Kia’s driver suffered minor injuries in the crash, CHP Officer Cindy Leal said.