Tractor-Trailer Carrying Cotton Catches Fire

By Lauren DiSanto
|  Friday, Jul 26, 2013  |  Updated 6:57 PM EDT
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Tractor-Trailer Carrying Cotton Catches Fire

Delaware River and Bay Authority

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The evening commute slowly crept by on I-295 Northbound after a tractor-trailer caught fire in Wilmington, shutting down four lanes of traffic.

Latresha Wilkie, driver of the tractor-trailer, told authorities she jumped out of the tractor-trailer after the fire started. She was not injured.

Firefighters from two local companies, as well as crews from Delaware River and Bay Authority responded to the scene around 3:00 p.m. to help put out the fire.

As they worked to get it under control, vehicles kept moving through the far left lane of the highway.

The truck, owned by Storewide Delivery Company in Secaucus, N.J., was carrying cotton.

DRBA says the right lane and shoulder of the highway remain closed as crews remove the cotton fabric from the highway.

Authorities are investigating what started the fire.
 

 


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