UPDATE: Both Lanes of I-77 Now Open Near Tractor-Trailer Fire

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 8/13/14 @ 06:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Both of the northbound lanes of the West Virginia Turnpike (I-77) have reopened as of early Wednesday morning after a tractor-trailer caught fire Tuesday night near Marmet, according to the Marmet Volunteer Fire Department.

Again, both lanes are now open and traffic is moving again.

The truck was carrying bologna and apparently blew a tire while in transit. The heat created by the smoldering tire was enough to set the trailer section on fire.

Firefighters say the driver was able to exit the cab of the truck and detach the front of the tractor-trailer from the trailer section that was engulfed in flames.

The cab section of the truck is fine and was not damaged by the fire but the trailer is a complete loss.

The driver is also fine.

The rig was completely ablaze when crews arrived. The incident was reported about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday near the 88.4-mile marker.



ORIGINAL STORY 8/12/14 @ 10:13 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Both northbound lanes of Interstate 77 are closed Tuesday night near Marmet after a tractor-trailer caught fire, Metro 911 dispatchers say.

It happened about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday near the 88.4-mile marker.

There's no word if the driver made it out OK, but dispatchers said the truck is completely ablaze.

Dispatchers said the tractor-trailer was hauling meat.

We have a crew at the scene.

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