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July 13, 2014

Truck fire closed I-68 east for hours

— CUMBERLAND — Saturday’s tractor-trailer fire forced the closure of Interstate 68 eastbound for 5 1/2 hours while crews worked to remove the rig and its contents, according to the Cumberland Police Department.

The trailer of the truck, which contained cantaloupes, was fully engulfed in flames when Cumberland firefighters arrived just after 4 p.m. It took fire crews about 45 minutes to control the blaze. The fire caused the tires to explode and smoke could be seen billowing from the truck throughout downtown Cumberland.

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

City police were assisted by Maryland State Police, Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, Allegany County Fire Police and Maryland State Highway Administration.

Several local contracting companies also responded to the scene to assist with the removal of the cantaloupes, according to police. Traffic was detoured off the interstate at Johnson Street and traffic remained heavy throughout the city during most of the incident.

Furlow’s and Winter’s towing companies removed the truck.

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