Crews able to put out truck fire, reopen I-26 near Ridgeville

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Interstate 26 near the Ridgeville exit is back open Tuesday morning after emergency crews closed it for more than eight hours.

A tractor-trailer burst into flames around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon near mile marker 187. The driver pulled over after he noticed smoke coming from the truck.

Crews r-opened the highway around 10 p.m. Monday after the fire was out, but they had to close it again because of problems with the tow truck.

There is still no word on what caused the fire.

The tractor-trailer was carrying computer parts when it caught fire Monday. The contents of the truck made it hard for firefighters to put out the flames.

Departments from Caramie, Moncks Corner, Pine Ridge, Ridgeville and Summerville helped fight the flames. The Red Cross provided water and snacks to firefighters from its Emergency Response Vehicle. Five firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, hundreds of cars were stuck in traffic for several hours near the incident.

According to officials on the scene, the fire burned deep inside the tractor trailer.

There is no word on what caused the fire or if there were any injuries.

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