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July 13, 2014

Truck fire closes down I-68 East for hours

CUMBERLAND — Interstate 68 Eastbound remained closed for 5 1/2 hours Saturday night while Furlow's towing and Winters towing began removing burnt debris from a truck trailer that caught fire, according to the Cumberland Police officers.  The Cumberland Fire Department were alerted to a report of a tractor and trailer with the brakes on fire at 4:04 p.m. in the area of Interstate 68 eastbound just east of the Johnson Street exit.

The Cumberland Police Department also responded to the area to assist with traffic control. The trailer of the truck, which contained cantaloupes, was fully engulfed in flames and the Cumberland Fire Department worked on the blaze for approximately 45 minutes.

The driver, Nana Amoako, age 58 of Duluth, Georgia was not injured and no charges were filed, according to police.

The Cumberland Police Department along with the assistance of the Maryland State Police shut down both east and westbound 68. Westbound 68 was reopened at 5:20 p.m. One lane of traffic was opened at roughly 10:30pm until the debris and remains of the trailer were removed. Assistance was provided by the Allegany County Fire Police, Allegany County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Highway Administration and the Maryland State Police. Several local contracting companies also responded to the scene to assist with the removal of the cantaloupes, according to police. Traffic was detoured off Interstate 68 at Johnson Street and traffic remained heavy throughout the city during most of the incident.

The fire caused the tires to explode and smoke could be seen billowing from the truck.

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