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Tractor Trailer Overturns On I-70

5:59 PM, Aug 10, 2012   |    comments
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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a tractor-trailer carrying explosives is on fire on Interstate 70 west of Clear Spring.

First Sgt. Kevin Lewis said Friday that all lanes in both directions are closed for nine miles. He says traffic is being diverted onto U.S. 40 between Clear Spring and Indian Springs.

Lewis says he has no reason to believe the blasting devices in the trailer will explode. He says the explosives are the kind used for excavation.

Lewis says authorities are allowing the fire to burn and maintaining a wide perimeter.

He says the driver called 911 shortly after 11 a.m. to report an apparent brake fire.

Lewis says the driver managed to separate the truck from the trailer and drive away from the fire.

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