According to a report from the Lufkin Police Department, Lufkin Police dispatchers received numerous calls Monday morning around 7:15 a.m. of a southbound 18-wheeler smoking at the intersection of South First Street and College Drive. 

The driver, 33-year-old Greg Monroy, of Louisville, Kentucky, pulled into the back of the On the Road truck stop parking lot at 4110 S. First St. upon seeing smoke entering the cab. He attempted to use his fire extinguisher to put out the blaze, but flames quickly overtook the cab.

Lufkin Fire arrived on scene and knocked down the fire within minutes, but the cab was a total loss. The trailer, which contained whiskey, wine and other spirits, suffered damage to its front. City of Lufkin Fire Marshal Keith Cole said that according to preliminary information received from Monroy, it appears an electrical issue caused the blaze.

A Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agent also responded to the scene.  Monroy was headed to the Houston area from Kentucky at the time. He was not injured.

In the picture above, Lufkin Firefighters Chayce Holcombe and Blake Meredith work to extinguish hot spots in a Monday morning vehicle fire outside On the Road truck stop off U.S. 59 south.


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