Video/News: Tractor trailer fire on I-75 in Punta Gorda causes backups Tuesday morning

A truck fire in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Punta Gorda caused a complete roadblock for about three hours Tuesday, but both travel lanes have since reopened. The tractor trailer fire was near mile marker 164, near the U.S. 17 exit.

SB I-75 Closed in Punta Gorda

LIVE LOOK: Southbound I-75 closed in Punta Gorda (mile marker 164) due to truck fire.Details here: http://on.fox4now.com/2Do1xHU

Posted by Fox 4 on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Several other crashes were also reported in the area. The crash was reported around 7:20 a.m. and resulted in southbound traffic backing up across the Peace River bridge to the Harborview Boulevard exit in Port Charlotte, at mile marker 167. Drivers were being routed off I-75 at the Harborview exit and diverted west to U.S. 41 and southbound across the river.  Both southbound travel lanes were reopened around 10:20 a.m. According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, engineers were called to the scene to assess any potential road damage. Troopers say water and fuel tanks on the truck also leaked onto the roadway.

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