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July 12, 2014

UPDATE: Traffic on I-68 E could stay slow until 1 a.m. Sunday

— CUMBERLAND —

Traffic remains slow on Interstate 68 eastbound -- near downtown Cumberland exits -- after a tractor trailer caught fire Saturday afternoon.

At roughly 11:20 p.m. Saturday, Harry Copen, dispatcher for Allegany County 911, said there's no definite time when the scene will be clear and traffic flow returns to normal conditions.

Crews are working to remove the tractor trailer from the site, he said.

"They're still working on cleaning up the activity," Copen said. "Every time they try to move (the trailer), it just crumbles to pieces ... The trailer itself, it's breaking from the heat."

Meanwhile, one lane is open eastbound on Interstate 68.

All westbound lanes are open, he said.

Crews are hopeful the site will be clean and return to normal traffic patterns by 1 a.m. Sunday, Copen said.

BACKGROUND

No injuries were reported in a truck fire that occurred at 4:02 p.m. at the Industrial Blvd exit on Interstate 68 East, according to the Allegany County 911 center.  

The brakes of a tractor trailer, that was carrying cantaloupes, caught fire and its tires exploded.

One lane on Interstate 68 West is open to traffic and Eastbound lanes will remain closed for another three hours, according to the 911 center.

The fire quickly spread to the rest of the truck, according to the 911 center.

Responding to the scene were Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department, Cumberland Police Department and contact is currently being made with the Maryland State Highway Administration

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