Updated: Truck Fire Jams Turnpike Near Route 29
Traffic backed up four miles after car carrier catches fire, according to Turnpike Commission.
Update 5:42 p.m.: CBS Radio (KYW-1060AM) is reporting that traffic has begun moving again, after reaching a backup length of about 8 miles.
Early reports from the Turnpike Commission indicate that the truck might have blown a tire, sparking a fire that then spread to some of the cars being transported. This has not been confirmed by investigators at the scene.
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A truck fire halted traffic in both directions of the Pennsyvlania Turnpike in Chester County Thursday afternoon.
A car-carrier truck caught fire around 3:09 p.m. Thursday in the westbound lanes near Route 29, at mile 319 between the Valley Forge and Downingtown interchanges, according to a Turnpike Commission spokesperson.
As of 4:06 p.m., the truck had been moved to the shoulder, but traffic was still stopped in both directions, resulting in a four-mile backlog.
There is no word yet on the cause of the fire.
Sources indicate that Paoli Fire Company responded to the scene. Lionville Fire Company also responded to assist.