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Vehicle fire on I-10 in Jefferson County causes traffic

The Florida Highway Patrol says a vehicle on fire on I-10 east in Jefferson County is causing...
The Florida Highway Patrol says a vehicle on fire on I-10 east in Jefferson County is causing traffic in the area.(Florida 511)
Published: Feb. 4, 2021 at 8:34 AM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Florida Highway Patrol says a vehicle on fire on I-10 east in Jefferson County caused traffic in the area Thursday morning.

Troopers say a flatbed semi-trailer hauling a load of roofing felt was the vehicle that caught on fire. The vehicle was on the south shoulder of I-10 east at mile marker 218 when troopers arrived on scene at 7:11 a.m., FHP says. Troopers temporarily closed down the eastbound lanes because the fire was growing and the felt rolls started to fall onto the road.

The driver told troopers one of the trailer tires blew out, causing it to wrap around the axel and starting the fire.

“The driver was able to disconnect the semi from the trailer prior to the fire growing out of control. No actions were taken against the driver by FHP,” the press release says.

Firefighters from the Jefferson County Fire Department put out the fire.

FHP says the drivers who tried to turn around by using the paved shoulder of the interstate to U-turn and drive in the opposite direction were committing traffic violations.

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