Lanes of I-24 EB in Rutherford Co. reopen after cargo fire shut them down for hours


RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — A semi-truck that caught fire on Interstate 24 eastbound on Saturday afternoon caused lanes of the interstate to shut down at mile marker 71 near the Baker Road overpass well into Saturday evening.

According to TDOT SmartWay, the fire occurred around 3 p.m. and was supposed to be cleared by 4 p.m. As of 5 p.m., only the HOV lane had reopened on the interstate. At 8 p.m., the right lanes remained blocked with an estimated clear time of 8:30 p.m. The scene has since cleared.

Tennessee Highway Patrol tells News 2 that the semi-truck was hauling food products at the time. The driver was not injured and there was no HAZMAT situation. Due to the extent of the fire, it took some time for the interstate to be fully reopened.

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