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Burning tire on giant Hibbing Taconite truck extinguished

A 240-ton taconite haul truck at Hibbing Taconite was severely damaged Tuesday morning when a fire ignited on one of its 12-foot tires. Cliffs Natural Resources, which manages the mine, said the fire was confined to a front tire on the giant truc...

A 240-ton taconite haul truck at Hibbing Taconite was severely damaged Tuesday morning when a fire ignited on one of its 12-foot tires.

Cliffs Natural Resources, which manages the mine, said the fire was confined to a front tire on the giant truck. The driver of the truck was able to stop the vehicle and escape. He was taken to a local hospital in a personal vehicle for treatment of minor injuries.

The Hibbing Fire Department was contacted at 10:45 a.m. Because of the high fuel load on such trucks and the possibility of the tire exploding, Cliffs and fire crews stayed up to a half-mile away from the truck and let the tire burn, the Hibbing Fire Department reported.

When the likelihood of an explosion lessened, two water trucks used to keep dust down on mine roads were used to dump 100,000 gallons of water on the truck.

Fire crews were on the scene until 4:15 p.m.

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The Mine Safety and Health Administration has been notified. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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