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Big-Rig Fire Shuts Down Interstate 35W in Fort Worth

A big-rig carrying 41,000 pounds of wine caught fire on Interstate 35W in Fort Worth Thursday morning, closing the highway for more than three hours.

Fort Worth Fire Department Public Information Officer Richard Harrison said the truck, carrying 1,200 cases of wine, was in the northbound lanes when it caught fire along the 7400 block of North Freeway at about 5:30 a.m.

For more than three hours, the highway remained closed to traffic while the fire was put out and the debris removed. At 8:50 a.m., the Fort Worth Police Department tweeted that I-35W was once again open to traffic.

The driver sustained minor injuries, but was not taken to the hospital. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Earlier in the morning, some drivers trying to get out of the traffic jam were reportedly turning around and heading south in the northbound lanes, causing more backups in the area.

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