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Truck fire closes off ramp

Firefighters extinguish a trailer full of hay bales that caught fire while travelling eastbound on Highway 1 near Vedder Road on Thursday.  - JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS
Firefighters extinguish a trailer full of hay bales that caught fire while travelling eastbound on Highway 1 near Vedder Road on Thursday.
— image credit: JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS

The Highway 1 off ramp at Vedder Road was closed for several hours Thursday morning, as Chilliwack fire crews dealt with a smouldering hay fire on a tractor trailer unit.

The truck was traveling eastbound on Highway 1 when the driver noticed his hay load had caught fire.

Firefighters called to the the scene quickly contained the fire. However, special equipment had to be brought in before the smouldering material could be completely extinguished.

The large bales were ripped apart by a backhoe, hosed down, and then later cleaned up.

Traffic was rerouted to alternate highway exists.

The off ramp has since been reopened.

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