Semi hauling chocolate catches fire, snarls traffic on I-24 East near Pleasant View

Posted at 3:23 AM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 07:29:17-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A six-mile backup has been reported along Interstate 24 eastbound in Robertson County after a tractor trailer caught fire.

The fire started around 2 a.m. Thursday and was still burning more than an hour later. All eastbound lanes of I-24 were shut down for several hours.

The driver told fire crews he was heading east on I-24 near Pleasant View when he started hearing popping noises coming from his truck. He pulled over and saw that his truck was on fire. The driver was not injured.

One eastbound lane reopened around 4 a.m.; however, the backups continue.

Because the fire is still burning, crews are bringing in a crane to lift the items out of the truck, which could take hours. They're also bringing in a dumpster.

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