Tractor-trailer fire slows Florida Turnpike in Osceola County

Southbound lanes of Turnpike reopens at Canoe Creek Plaza

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – A vehicle fire Monday morning prompted the closure of the Florida Turnpike in Osceola County.

Southbound lanes of the Turnpike were closed at the Canoe Creek Plaza, but both lanes reopened around 12:20 p.m.

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Troopers said a big rig’s trailer full of batteries and forklifts caught fire just after 5 a.m. around mile 229. The fire caused a tire on the trailer to blow, but the driver managed to get the truck to the shoulder and detach the truck from the trailer, according to a news release.

The truck’s cargo was completely destroyed, but crews managed to douse the flames, the release said. The driver of the truck was not hurt.

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