The call came out that a motorist assist vehicle was on fire at I-435 and Roe. What was meant was that it was THE Overland Park Motorist Assist vehicle on fire, not a vehicle that the Motorist Assist Officer stopped to help another driver whose car was on fire.
Around 11:00 am yesterday, Motorist Assist Officer Tom Coyle contacted dispatch to advise them smoke was coming from the dash of his vehicle. He pulled to the side of the highway and exited the vehicle as it caught on fire. The fire department arrived a short time later and extinguished the flames. In the end, there were no injuries, but the vehicle was a loss.
The motorist assist vehicle carries items to assist on their calls for service. Those items include extra cones, lane closure signs, drinking water, coolant for vehicles, extra gas for vehicles and tools for changing tires.
The good news is, this isn’t our only motorist assist vehicle and you will still see Overland Park Motorist Assist Officers out there on the highways and byways to provide help when needed.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.