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Tractor trailer fire shuts down I-77 early Friday

WILLIAMSTOWN — An early-morning Friday tractor trailer fire on Interstate 77 blocked traffic.

Crews from Williamstown and Waverly volunteer fire departments responded to reports of a tractor trailer on fire around 12:33 a.m. Friday, said Wood County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Bob Sims. First responders found the vehicle fully engulfed near the 183 mile marker on I-77.

The blaze shut down all southbound lanes and St. Joseph’s Ambulance service was dispatched and put on standby. Dispatch records indicate the driver “was safe but shaken up,” Sims said. The truck was carrying aluminum coils and it was not immediately known what caused the fire.

Sims said records indicate the fire was extinguished around 2 a.m. and one southbound lane was reopened.

No further information was available Friday afternoon. The fire is under investigation.

Michael Erb can be reached at merb@newsandsentinel.com.

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