Tractor trailer goes up in flames, shuts down interstate for hours

Tractor trailer goes up in flames, shuts down interstate for hours
A tractor trailer that caught fire shut down all lanes of I-295 in Prince George County (Credit: Sean Myers)
A tractor trailer that caught fire shut down all lanes of I-295 in Prince George County (Credit: Sean Myers)

PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - A tractor trailer fire shut down all southbound lanes of Interstate 295 on Tuesday night.

Virginia State Police say the tractor trailer went off the road around 9:30 p.m. at mile marker 6 in Prince George County. The truck then struck a guardrail, which caused it to catch fire.

The driver was able to get out safely, and no other vehicles were involved.

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The truck, which was hauling lettuce and spinach, was completely consumed by the flames. Southbound lanes of I-295 were shut down through the night, as crews cleaned up the scene. All lanes were finally re-opened by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The driver of the truck, 45-year-old Massimo Reja of Canada, was charged with reckless driving.

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