Fire closes Highway 26 near Vale

Fire closes Highway 26 near Vale

Traffic was blocked for about three hours after the engine compartment of a 42-foot motorhome caught fire on U.S. Highway 26 near Vale about 10 a.m. Friday, July 13. The motorhome, a 2005 Safari Panther Monaco Coach, was destroyed and a towed utility truck was heavily damaged. Driver Gary Swaim, 45, and passenger Karen Swaim, 61, of Sioux Falls, S.D., escaped the fire without injury. Fire crews from Vale and several small nearby communities responded to douse the flames. Oregon Department of Transportation crews helped Oregon State Police control traffic at the accident scene. All four lanes of traffic on the highway were closed until early afternoon.

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