Big Rig Bursts Into Flames, Blocks Traffic On Interstate

An 18-wheeler burst into flames early Thursday morning and the wreck had traffic along Interstate 35 shut down for a time.

(Photo courtesy of Tim Keim)

HEWITT (November 28, 2013) A southbound 18-wheeler early Thursday morning blew a tire, crashed into a concrete barrier and burst into flames on Interstate 35 near Hewitt.

Traffic was blocked for a time and as late as 9 a.m. was still restricted to only one lane, a Department of Pubic Safety trooper said.

The accident happened just a little after 5 a.m. as the truck was driving south at mile marker 328, the trooper said.

The crash ruptured a 200-gallon fuel tank and leaking diesel from that tank is what caught fire, the trooper said.

The cab of the truck and a portion of the trailer were destroyed in the fire but the two people inside were able to escape without injury.

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