DALLAS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – This is no April Fool’s joke. A semi tractor-trailer carrying a load of toilet paper caught fire in North Texas on Wednesday morning.
It was around 4:00 a.m. when the big rig crashed and burst into flames along Interstate-20, near the I-45 interchange.
Thousands of rolls of toilet paper went up in smoke, causing police to close all lanes of westbound I-20 in southern Dallas County.
A CBS 11 News crew spoke with the truck driver who said he hit a bump, lost control, and hit a highway barrier before the big rig rolled over. The trucker said he was taking the load of toilet paper to San Antonio.
Firefighters were able to quickly doused the flames, but are expected to spend hours at the scene putting out hot spots. Crews are also being brought in to clean up the mess.
Investigators are still trying to find out what sparked the fire.
The truck driver and his dog were able to get out of the big rig safely and no firefighters were injured.
The interstate was closed for several hours as the truck was uprighted and towed away and the toilet paper debris removed from the highway and shoulder.