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Semi bursts into flames

The shell is that all that remains of a burned-out semi on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Carberry. The truck, which was reportedly hauling orange juice, caught fire early Wednesday morning.

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The shell is that all that remains of a burned-out semi on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Carberry. The truck, which was reportedly hauling orange juice, caught fire early Wednesday morning.

Charred remains were all that were left of a semi-truck and trailer after the vehicle burst into flames yesterday morning.

The truck, which was travelling from Calgary to Winnipeg, was owned by H&R Transport.

Ken Werbicki said the driver of the truck managed to pull over to the side of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Carberry and get out of the vehicle before it became fully engulfed by the blaze.

The torched truck was carrying a load of food product.

"It was a non-hazardous load," said Werbicki, who added that H&R Transport has a fleet of 600 trucks that can be on the road throughout North America at any time.

"It could be a number of things (in the trailer), but it’s food stuff, so it doesn’t have anything to do with the cause of the fire."

A tow-truck employee who was working to remove the truck approximately four hours after the fire at 9:30 yesterday morning, said the truck was carrying orange juice.

Werbicki said the truck was a company vehicle that had insurance on it.

"It’s an unfortunate incident, but it can happen to any vehicle," Werbicki said. "Is it electric? Don’t know. Is it mechanical? Don’t know. But there’s thousands of them that happen every year and it could be a manufacturing issue or something else, we don’t know."

A full forensic investigation to reveal the cause of the fire is expected, he said.

H&R Transport has offices in Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton in Canada, with its head office in Lethbridge, Alta.

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 31, 2014

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