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UPDATE: U.S. Route 322 reopens at Potters Mills after truck fire

A firefighter sprays water on a burning tractor-trailer after it caught fire on U.S. Route 322 near Potters Mills on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015.
A firefighter sprays water on a burning tractor-trailer after it caught fire on U.S. Route 322 near Potters Mills on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. CDT photo

U.S. Route 322 was closed for more than 12 hours in both directions because of a truck fire just east of the intersection with state Route 144.

The fire, which was reported at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, was extinguished by about 6:15 p.m., state Department of Transportation representative Jamie Kelly said. But because of damage to the road and the lengthy process of removing the truck, the highway did not reopen to traffic until about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Because of the cold temperatures, the road became icy and had to be salted, Kelly said.

PennDOT cautioned that drivers may experience delays in the area “as conditions return to normal” Wednesday morning.

Centre Hall, Boalsburg, Pleasant Gap and Mifflin County fire companies responded, Centre Hall Chief Kenny Strouse said.

The truck, which was hauling food, was completely destroyed.

Strouse said a backhoe was brought in to break down the truck’s trailer so that firefighters could extinguish the cargo fire.

No one was injured.

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