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I-5 Reopened After Truck Carrying Sweet Potatoes Catches Fire

The slow lane of I-5 northbound was closed Wednesday morning after a semi-truck hauling sweet potatoes caught on fire.

Posted: Feb 6, 2019 6:21 AM
Updated: Feb 6, 2019 11:47 AM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- The slow lane of Interstate-5 northbound was closed on Wednesday morning after a semi-truck hauling a load of sweet potatoes caught fire around midnight, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

The fire appeared to have originated above the rear wheels of the trailer, although the exact cause is still uncertain. While NewsWatch 12 was able to confirm that the driver made it out of the truck, we have not yet confirmed if any injuries were reported.

Northbound traffic experienced delays as crews worked to remove the scorched truck from the area near Exit 33 in Central Point. The lane closure lasted at least five hours during firefighting, recovery, and cleanup efforts.

ODOT announced that all lanes were back open shortly after 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

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