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Tractor-trailer fire shut down I-80 near Bellefonte Interchange

A tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 80 westbound near the Milesburg exit shut down the highway for at least two hours on Wednesday.
A tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 80 westbound near the Milesburg exit shut down the highway for at least two hours on Wednesday.

Interstate 80 westbound between the Milesburg and Bellefonte exits was shut down for several hours Wednesday as police and fire crews cleaned up the roadway after a tractor-trailer fire.

The road closure caused a significant traffic disruption around rush hour.

Fire police shut down the I-80 and I-99 on ramps at the interchange in Bellefonte at about 4:15 p.m., and redirected motorists onto Alternate U.S. Route 220 south/state Route 150 in Milesburg.

The road closure caused traffic to be backed up bumper to bumper trying to get off the interstate, and on Route 220. Traffic on I-80 westbound was backed up all the way to Hublersburg.

It’s unclear from dispatch reports exactly what the truck was hauling.

Milesburg, Howard, Pleasant Gap and Bellefonte fire companies were called to the scene, as well as state police. Multiple other fire companies were called in for standby.

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