Vehicle fire closed portion of U.S. Route 501 near Lynchburg Wednesday afternoon

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

Photo Courtesy: Boonsboro Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Boonsboro Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company worked to extinguish a vehicle fire Wednesday afternoon.

At 1:47 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, the company was alerted of a vehicle fire at 3765 Lee Jackson Highway (U.S. Route 501). When crews arrived, a fully-involved vehicle was in the southbound lane. As a result, U.S. Route 501 was shut down in both directions for a period of time.

The fire company says a local nurse was passing through the area and got out to check on the driver of the vehicle. The nurse provided a safe place for the driver to sit and later gave them a ride home.

The Boonsboro Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company would also like to remind the public to regard emergency vehicles. Virginia State Law states motorists are required to slow down and give emergency responders the ability to safely operate in the roadway.

“Today a tractor-trailer came within inches of almost rear ending a mother, trying to get home, into another tractor-trailer that was stopped and waiting. Command recognized the near-miss and instructed the leading tractor to quickly drift forward to allow the extra stopping distance required so no one was hurt. Complacency is not an option while driving. We must give due regard to amber, blue or red lights,” the firecompany wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday.

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