Truck catches fire on I-95

February 2, 2009 7:55:17 PM PST
A truck fire shutdown both directions of Interstate 95 Monday night.The wreck happened around 6 p.m. and crews are still at the scene trying to get a handle on the situation.

A truck hauling a substance caught fire at mile marker 134, just north of Langley Crossroads.

The highway patrol says a truck driver noticed his trailer brakes caught fire; he pulled over and tried to put it out himself. When he couldn't, he unhooked the trailer, and drove his cab 200 yards up the interstate and called for help.

Rocky Mount Public Affairs Manager Megan Hanks the truck was carrying various hazardous materials including Hydrochloric Acid and LP gas.

Officials are leaving the trailer along right shoulder of northbound I-95, saying it is contained and does not pose a threat. It was a rural are so no evacuations were ordered. No injuries were reported.

The incident caused all four lanes of I-95 to be shut down for over two hours.

South bound lanes were reopened around 8:30 p.m. after the fire was under control.

Northbound lanes of I-95 are still closed around 10 p.m.

Nash County Emergency Management called in a Hazardous Material contractor to begin the clean up at 8 p.m.


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