It was an interesting afternoon for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R).
Cuccinelli was on his way back to Richmond on Friday, after a meeting of his Human Trafficking Task Force in Staunton, when he and his driver Cory Chenard noticed a semi-truck with a flatbed trailer carrying a heavy load in front of them with an awful-smelling smoke coming from its rear.
They spotted the truck on I-64 near mile maker 160 in Louisa County, just east of Cross County Road.
Chenard said he pulled the car up along side of the semi and saw the back tires of the trailer engulfed in flames. It was clear the driver was not aware of the problem. Chenard honked his horn to get the driver's attention and Cuccinelli yelled to the driver out the window, convincing her to pull over.
As soon as they both came to a stop, the Attorney General went to assess the situation.
"I skipped by the cab back to the back of the truck and, sure enough, it was still on fire," he said.
Cuccinelli helped the driver out of the cab of the truck and then went in search of a fire extinguisher. After finding one he instructed Chenard to call for help and he ran to the back of the truck to help the driver put out the flames.
Cuccinelli said the truck's flatbed trailer, which was carrying a heavy load, was in rough shape.
"It looked like her brakes locked up and one of the wheels was burning," he said.
After extinguishing the fire, Cuccinelli and Chenard sat and waited with the driver until Louisa County emergency crews arrived. Cuccinelli said the driver was in serious pain from an injury unrelated to the fire. Louisa County Sheriffs also responded to the scene and confirmed Cuccinelli's story. The driver did not need to be taken to the hospital.
Cuccinelli said the driver told him that she had no clue her trailer was on fire.
"Given where it was it was hidden from her view, you know, even in the side mirrors she couldn't see flames," he said. "The flames were underneath."
Cuccinelli never got the driver's name and told me that she had no clue who he was. The plates on her rig were from Kentucky.
In addition to being the Attorney General, Cuccinelli is also the presumptive Republican nominee for Governor of Virginia.