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Tractor Trailer Fire Forces Lane Closures On I-40

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(Photo courtesy NewsChannel5 Facebook fan Melissa McElhiney) (Photo courtesy NewsChannel5 Facebook fan Melissa McElhiney)

FAIRVIEW, Tenn. – Westbound Interstate 40 was shut down in Williamson County after emergency crews responded to a tractor trailer fire.

Chief Mike Cooper with the Fairview Fire Department said the call came in about a tractor trailer fire at 5 p.m. Tuesday at mile marker 183.2, near the Highway 96 interchange and about 5 miles from Fairview. 

The semi was traveling westbound on I-40 when it caught fire. The driver pulled over onto the emergency shoulder and got out of the vehicle. 

When firefighters arrived on the scene the semi cab was fully involved in flames. The trailer also caught on fire. 

Chief Cooper said the driver did not know why the rig caught on fire. 

Officials said there were no injuries. 

A photo from a NewsChannel5 Facebook fan showed the cab of the semi nearly in ashes, with only the lower portion on the semi recognizable. 

The semi was hauling a mixed load headed to retail and grocery outlets. 

Westbound lanes were completely closed for around an hour. One lane has since reopened, but the right lane was expected to be blocked until after officials conducted their investigation and wreckers were able to come in and two the truck away. 

Traffic was still moving slowly past the wreckage. TDOT expected the interstate to be backed up until around 11 p.m. 

Eastbound lanes was affected with rubbernecking delays.

Drivers on the road told NewsChannel5 traffic was at a standstill.

Several agencies responded to the scene, including the Fairview Fire Department, Pegram Fire Department, Cheatham County Fire Department and others. 

Troopers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene to assist with traffic.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. 

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