JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WYTV) – Traffic on Interstate 76 in Jackson Township is moving again after a tractor-trailer caught fire.
Highway Patrol troopers say the truck was heading west on the interstate just after midnight when the brakes caught fire. The driver attempted to put the fire out himself but couldn’t stop it from spreading. Flames eventually consumed the trailer.
The truck was hauling plastic pellets, which kept reigniting as crews worked to suppress the flames.
Traffic was not permitted to go around the fire because of the fumes from the plastic, so the highway was shut down near the ramp to the Ohio Turnpike.
The road was shut down for about two hours before one lane was opened. Both lanes have reopened, but the shoulder is expected to be closed for some time while the truck is cleared away.