Miami-Dade County

Tractor-trailer goes up in flames on Florida’s Turnpike. Traffic is stalled for hours

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An 18-wheeler truck caught fire Tuesday in the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike and Southwest 88th Street.
An 18-wheeler truck caught fire Tuesday in the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike and Southwest 88th Street. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

The fire started in the cab of an 18-wheeler and quickly spread to the trailer.

The driver escaped as Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews — including a foam truck from Miami International Airport — rushed to quash the flames sending billowing black smoke into the air.

The scene played out on the southbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike near Kendall Drive at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Traffic was stalled for hours as crews put out the fire and cleaned up the charred remains of truck.

“It was an intense fire,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Felipe Lay. “There was a lot of smoke.”

The southbound lanes remained closed for about two hours.

Lay said it wasn’t clear what caused the fire. No one was hurt in the blaze.

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