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Flat Tire Leads to Tractor Trailer Fire on I-78 in Summit; 31 Tons of Laundry Products Spill

By kcora on

A Tuesday night tractor trailer fire on Interstate 78 caused more than 31 tons of laundry products to spill on the road.

According to police, the driver of a tractor-trailer got a flat tire but continued to drive on it until the tire and ultimately the entire truck engulfed in flames around 10:15 p.m near milepost 45.8 in Summit.

Police said that although the driver escaped unharmed the blaze caused pallets loaded in the truck to collapse and subsequently cause the laundry products to spill.

The eastbound right and center lanes were closed for hours but ultimately reopened and delays improved before the Wednesday morning rush hour.