9 musicians stranded after limo catches fire on I-15

WASHINGTON COUNTY — An 18-passenger limousine caught fire on Interstate 15 with nine members of the Los Amos de la Sierra band inside.

The limousine was travelling southbound on Interstate 15 near mile marker 13 when the rear passenger-side wheel suddenly froze up, breaking the rear axle in half and starting a tire on fire.

Officers responded to the report of a fire a little before 7 p.m. and found nine men on the side of the freeway near a white limousine. Officers discovered charring around the passenger-side wheel well and next to the vehicle, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Danny Ferguson said.

The driver had pulled over to the emergency lane and come to a stop as smoke filled the interior of the vehicle. All nine passengers and the driver got out safely, and the fire in the wheel well was extinguished by band members using bottles of water before emergency vehicles arrived, Los Amos de la Sierra Band member Jesus Soto said.

The Los Amos de la Sierra band was traveling from Greeley, Colorado, to Los Angeles to perform in two different venues before returning to their homes in Greeley.

“We are supposed to be in L.A. by 3 p.m.,” Soto said, “but it doesn’t look good right now.”

Utah Highway Patrol and fire crews responded to the scene, but difficulties for the band continued as they waited for a towing service capable of transporting a vehicle measuring over 30 feet in length, Ferguson said. Members of the band were unsure of where they would spend the night, or when the limo could be repaired.

The Utah Highway Patrol remained with the inoperable limousine until a tow truck arrived on scene.

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