Authorities said an 18-wheeler caught fire on Interstate 30 in Garland Thursday morning.
The truck was heading east on I-30 near Broadway Boulevard at about 4 a.m. when the driver said he heard a pop and saw flames coming from the trailer.
The driver told NBC 5 he pulled over, unhooked the trailer — carrying building toys — and drove the truck to safety.
Garland firefighters said they initially kept their distance because they thought the truck contained hazardous materials. After determining it was safe, they worked to extinguish the fire.
As of 8 a.m., one lane of traffic was getting by. Firefighters said they would have had to shut the interstate down if the driver hadn't pulled over.
No further details have been released.
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