Hot chocolate: Semi carrying 1,000 pounds of cocoa catches fire on I-95 in Florida

Left lane open just south of SR-40 near Ormond Beach

Traffic is backed up three miles on Interstate 95 in Volusia County due to a semitruck fire in the southbound lanes.

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A semitruck carrying 1,000 pounds of cocoa caught fire early Monday, causing major delays in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Volusia County.

The Daytona Beach Fire Department said the semitruck caught fire due to an apparent brake malfunction.

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Traffic is backed up for several miles just south of State Road 40 near Ormond Beach. As of 7:15 a.m., the right lanes remained closed and traffic was slowly getting by in the left lane.

Drivers can take LPGA Boulevard to get on I-95 south to avoid the delays.

Fire officials said the driver was injured and no other vehicles were impacts directly by the fire.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as we receive it.

A semi-truck fire occurred in the early morning hours after the brakes appeared to malfunction. This semi was driving on...

Posted by Daytona Beach Fire Department on Monday, April 18, 2022

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