Vehicle fire slows traffic on I-40

Flames leap from a burning vehicle in the shoulder along westbound I-40 near the I-440 split (Image courtesy NC DOT)

May 21, 2012 5:56:20 AM PDT
Monday morning's commute on westbound I-40 was slowed after a vehicle caught fire.

It happened at near Exit 301, at the I-440 split around 8:30 a.m.

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Video from Department of Transportation cameras showed flames leaping into the air.

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Firefighters were quickly on the scene to put out the blaze.

Seconds after they arrived, the flames changed to smoke and steam.

Traffic was backed up for miles while emergency workers cleaned up the mess.

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