We have no idea how the fire started and can't find anything about it on the news yet. But here's what we know:
Today at about noon we were driving west on I-40 toward Gallup, New Mexico, when we saw dark smoke in the distance. Then a police car -- lights flashing and siren blaring -- zoomed by us, stopped in the middle of highway and began to divert traffic. We were the second vehicle going west to be diverted off I-40 and onto old Route 66, which parallels I-40.
As we got closer, we saw that the truck towing the fifth wheel was disconnected from the rig, as was a motor scooter that appeared to have been at the back of the fifth wheel. A few items -- I think one was a rug -- were on the ground at the side of the road. If the RV owners had time to do that, we are assuming all people and any animals are OK. We certainly hope so.
Not sure why this happened or other details, but our thoughts are with these folks.
|From the freeway sign, you can see that the RV fire happened just shy of 12 miles east of Gallup, NM. Bev took these photos at about noon today.|
|As we drove by the flames, I was worried about an explosion -- but I think any explosions that were going to happen had already occurred. I took this photo from the passenger seat through the driver's side window -- that's an outline of Jim (who was driving) at the far left.|