Tractor trailer fire slows traffic on Interstate 81

Courtesy: Virginia State Police (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WSLS) -- A vehicle fire on Interstate 81 southbound is leading to major delays in the Ironto area of Montgomery County.

VDOT reports that the left lane is now open.  Traffic is also being route off the highway onto Route 11 to minimize the backup.

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According to State Police, the fire was caused by either brakes or a axle overheating.

The truck was carrying milled corn.  The contents will have to be unloaded in order for crews to fully extinguish the blaze.

The drive of the truck complained of smoke inhalation.  He was checked out by EMS crews and not taken to the hospital.

State Police says the lane closure may be in place through early afternoon.

Courtesy: Virginia State Police
Courtesy: Virginia State Police

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