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Fatal Truck Fire Closes I-95 Northbound Overnight

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The truck fire that closed I-95 near Lorton, Va. this morning has been cleared. VDOT says traffic is expected to be backed up for 9 miles -- this scene is at I-95 at Lorton Drive.
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The truck fire that closed I-95 near Lorton, Va. this morning has been cleared. VDOT says traffic is expected to be backed up for 9 miles -- this scene is at I-95 at Lorton Drive.

A devastating crash involving a tractor trailer shut down the Interstate 95 northbound lanes near Lorton, Va. early this morning. Two of those lanes were reopened by 7:30 a.m.

The driver of the truck lost his life when he reportedly crashed into a work zone vehicle and the fuel tank ruptured, causing the tractor catch on fire at about 2 a.m, according to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Gellar.

Gellar says the tractor and debris took longer than usual to clear from the highway because of "hotspots" or fire prone areas on the damaged vehicle. The tractor was cleared from the road by 7 a.m., its metal frame completely charred.

By 6:30 a.m., that tractor was still on the highway, its metal frame completely charred.

Traffic was backed up on I-95 all lanes heading north near the Lorton exit, as drivers were detoured onto U.S. Route 1. That detour is still in effect but two lanes of the highway had reopened.

VDOT is lifting all HOV restrictions this morning, and rerouting traffic around route 1 to help commuters move past the scene of the accident. Traffic on the northbound HOV lane on I-95 is still moving very slowly.

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