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Moving Company Semi Catches Fire on I-95

6:17 AM, Oct 13, 2011   |    comments
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PALM COAST, Fla. -- A tractor trailer that belonged to a moving company caught fire on Interstate 95 Wednesday night causing a major traffic jam.

The trailer was carrying household belongings and furniture, traveling on I-95 north near mile marker 295 around 7 p.m., when another driver alerted the trailer's driver that smoke was coming from the back of his truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol's report.

The report goes on to state that the tractor trailer driver pulled over to investigate and when he opened the back door, he realized the cargo was engulfed in flames.

He grabbed an extinguisher and attempted to put it out, but realized he would not be successful, so he unattached the truck from the trailer and drove it further down the road.

Palm Coast Fire and rescue responded to the scene and blocked all lanes of I-95 north for about 10 minutes as they worked to put the fire out. One lane was reopened as they continued to work the scene, causing major traffic delays.

The driver suffered minor burns, the FHP said, and the contents of the truck were household items.

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