WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) - A tractor trailer hauling chestnuts from New Jersey to New Bedford caught fire on 95 North, tying up traffic for hours.
The fire occurred near Exit 15 on Route 95 North in Warwick Sunday just after 5 a.m..
Flames then spread to a nearby vehicle on the highway. However, Rhode Island State Police said that vehicle was abandoned on the side of the highway. No one was inside.
Traffic was tied up on the highway and was then diverted to Jefferson Boulevard. Shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday two of the four lanes of travel were reopened.
The access road off 95 North had to be shut down because the car that was hit by the truck was sent into a light pole and then eventually came to rest against the Jersey Barrier, contributing to the traffic delays.
State Police reopened the remaining lanes around noon.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation; the driver of the truck was not injured in the fire.
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