Driver escapes after 18-wheeler catches fire on I-55

Photo Credit: Margaret-Ann Carter, WJTV
Photo Credit: Margaret-Ann Carter, WJTV


UPDATE: 09/20/2016 11:14am The scene has been cleared.

UPDATE: 09/20/2016 10:41am MDOT says that the left lane of traffic is blocked.  Current delays are estimated at approximately two hours.

UPDATE: 09/20/2016 9:56am  Crews are still working to clear the scene of the truck fire.  Residual delays along I-20 are still heavy.  Traffic is moving along I-55 after traffic was diverted..

UPDATE: 09/20/2016 8:55am  Traffic along I-20 west is affected as well.

Photo Credit: Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOTtraffic.com)
Photo Credit: Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOTtraffic.com)

 

UPDATE: 09/20/2016 8:50am Delays along I-55 are listed at one hour and 30 minutes.

UPDATE: 09/20/2016 8:19am Traffic is now backing up along I-20 east along I-55 south.  A police car is blocking at least one lane of traffic.

 

Photo Credit: Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOTtraffic.com)
Photo Credit: Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOTtraffic.com)

UPDATE: 09/20/2016 7:36am WJTV’s Natay Holmes and Margaret-Ann Carter have spoken with the driver.  He said that he has been driving for ten years and has never seen anything like this.

UPDATE: 09/20/2016 7:35am Emergency responders are still working to clear the truck from I-55.  The traffic impact is still listed as “high.”  Northbound and southbound traffic is impacted.

Graphic: Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOTtraffic.com)
Graphic: Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOTtraffic.com)

 

UPDATE: 09/20/2016 6:57am WJTV’s Margaret-Ann Carter has spoken with fire officials who say that they were able to get the driver out of the truck safely.

UPDATE: 09/20/2016 6:52am MDOT has upgraded the anticipated delays to three hours along the portion of I-55 affected by this morning’s vehicle fire.

UPDATE: 09/20/2016 6:18am  MDOT estimates delays at 55 minutes.  All southbound lanes of traffic are blocked.

Original Story:

JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) – A vehicle fire has traffic at a standstill on I-55 south at Daniel Lake.

What appears to be a large vehicle, possible a tractor trailer, is on fire.  It is not known if multiple vehicles are involved or if it is just one vehicle.

There is no word on possible injuries at this time.

Emergency responders are on the scene.

WJTV has a crew there and we will provide more information as soon as it is available.  Keep tunes to WJTV 12 and WJTV.com for the latest information.

 

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