Semi-truck fire slows traffic on I-40 in west Nashville - WKRN News 2

Semi-truck fire slows traffic on I-40 in west Nashville

Posted: Updated: May 6, 2013 04:30 PM
Photo Courtesy Deanna Lambert, TDOT Photo Courtesy Deanna Lambert, TDOT

A semi-truck carrying a load of Butterball chickens caught on fire early Monday morning on Interstate 40 in west Nashville.

The fire was reported just after 7 a.m. along I-40 east at mile marker 202.

It was not immediately clear what sparked the fire, however the driver of the truck Jonethan Thompson, reported to authorities he heard a loud pop just before the fire broke out.

"Coming down here trying to get into Nashville and noticed a big pop. I kind of pulled over and noticed my tires were on fire. I tried to use a fire extinguisher, but it wouldn't put it out and everything, and then I just called 911 on that," Johnson said.

The incident was cleared around 10 a.m.

Eastbound traffic was affected with two lanes blocked. Drivers were urged to seek alternate routes.

All lanes were reportedly backed up for several miles, past the exit for Old Hickory Boulevard.

No injuries were reported.

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