BAKER CITY, Ore. -- A tire on a semi-trailer caught fire on I-84 Friday morning, burning two Nascar racing cars that were headed for an event in Washington.
Officials said John Wood, 51 of Eagle, Idaho was driving a semi-truck west on the Interstate, towing an enclosed trailer with two Nascar vehicles inside.
Wood was a few miles north of Baker City when at around 8:25 a.m. a tire on the left side of the trailer overheated and caught fire.
Officials said the fire quickly spread to the inner and outer walls of the trailer. Wood pulled the semi over in the Baker Valley Rest Area and called for firefighters.
Baker Rural Fire Protection District made it to the rest area and doused the flames. One of the Nascar vehicles was significantly burned while the other was only damaged in the front end and windshield, state troopers said.
Wood was taking the cars to a race event in Monroe, Washington.
The rest area was closed until the vehicles can be removed and the scene cleared.
OSP troopers from the Baker City office were assisted at the scene by Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker Rural Fire Protection District, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and ODOT.