Big Rig Blaze Backs Up I-95

A big rig blaze blocked Interstate 95 in Philadelphia during the Wednesday morning commute.

The tractor-trailer caught fire in the northbound lanes near Girard Avenue after 7 a.m.

Police blocked all northbound lanes of traffic as firefighters extinguished the blaze and cleanup crews cleared a corresponding fuel spill. [[383091591, C]]

The roadway remained closed for about four hours, traffic snarled as vehicles were forced off at the Girard Exit and travel times on the 15-mile route from the Blue Route (I-476) to Vine Street Expressway (I-676) ballooned to 75 minutes or more.

As SkyForce10 hovered overhead you could see the red truck with a construction sign smashed into the front of it. No word yet on what caused the crash.

No one was hurt and the roadway reopened shortly after 11 a.m.

The I-95 fire wasn't the only one on area roadways causing traffic troubles Wednesday as a tanker caught fire in the inner northbound lanes south of Interchange 7A (I-195) in Hamilton Township causing all lanes to be blocked around 10:50 a.m.

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