ODOT response truck catches fire, closes lanes of I-205

ODOT response truck catches fire, closes lanes of I-205 »Play Video
A still frame from a video sent to KATU News by Todd Weedman shows the truck on fire near the Highway 213 exit Wednesday morning.

CLACKAMAS, Ore. - A vehicle that typically helps clear up traffic problems was the cause of delays Wednesday morning in the Clackamas area.

An ODOT Incident Response Truck caught fire alongside the southbound lanes of Interstate 205, prompting a brief closure of all southbound lanes of the busy highway at around 6:45 a.m.

State police said they believe the fire was accidental, but the cause is unclear.

The ODOT truck arrived at 6:30 a.m. to assist a state police trooper at the scene of a car crash that was partially blocking a southbound offramp to Highway 213. Police said the driver got out of the truck and walked to help the trooper.

The truck caught fire while the driver was away from the truck, police said.

No one was hurt.

ODOT trucks usually carry flares and gasoline to help stranded drivers. Police said those items likely made the fire more intense.

Fire crews put out the blaze and lanes were slowly reopened just after 7 a.m.

Video courtesy of Todd Weedman.