CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. (DC News Now) — State troopers and firefighters were on the scene of a tractor trailer fire that caused a traffic backup along part of Interstate 95 South Friday morning.
Sgt. Jessica Shehan with Virginia State Police said the tractor trailer had a mechanical problem and caught fire around 6 a.m., which is when troopers first went to the scene of the fire.
VDOT Fredericksburg tweeted pictures of the Costco tractor trailer as it sat on the southbound shoulder near Mile Marker 116. You could see some of the 70,000 pounds of items strewn along the roadway’s surface and hanging out of the trailer.
The first tweet at 6:34 a.m. said that the right lane in the area was blocked. In a follow-up tweet about two hours later, VDOT said that traffic in the middle and left lanes was able to pass the scene of the fire.
At 10:29 a.m., VDOT Fredericksburg tweeted:
Congestion is growing on I-95 southbound. Crews continue cleanup after truck caught fire early this morning carrying approx. 70,000 pounds of household goods. It happened near mm 116 in Caroline. About 5 mile backup with right southbound 95 lane still blocked.VDOT Fredericksburg
By 10:42 a.m., all lanes of Interstate 95 southbound had reopened. The right shoulder still was blocked while crews continued cleaning things up.
Shehan said no one was hurt.