One lane of eastbound I-68 open after tractor-trailer fire

A tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 68 early Wednesday closed eastbound lanes for several hours.

CUMBERLAND — Interstate 68's eastbound lanes were fully reopened to traffic just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, more than eight hours after a tractor-trailer erupted into flames on the Crosstown Bridge.

No injuries occurred in the 4:12 a.m. incident that occurred when the driver developed mechanical problems with the rig and discovered fire in the attached trailer that was full of frozen meat products, Cumberland Police said.

The driver unhooked the truck from the trailer as the trailer became fully involved in flames

The incident created a prolonged traffic jam that backed up eastbound traffic on all main routes traveling from the west into the city and points east. 

Westbound lanes were temporarily closed, and one lane of traffic was restored eastbound about 9 a.m.

The rig was owned by Steven’s Transport of Texas.

The fire was extinguished by the Cumberland Fire Department, with help from LaVale, Cresaptown and Bowman’s Addition volunteer fire departments.

“We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding while responders dealt with this emergency,” said a Cumberland Police official.

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