I-77 SB in Statesville shut down as firefighters battle raging tractor-trailer fire

IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. — Multiple fire departments worked to put out a fire that shut down southbound I-77 in Statesville Monday afternoon.

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The right lane of southbound I-77 is closed from I-40 to Exit 50 near Broad Street.

Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the scene and could see firefighters inside the truck hosing off dozens of spaghetti squash.
Drivers can use Exit 51B for I-40 West as an alternate route. From I-40 West take Exit 148 for U.S.64. Turn left onto U.S. 64 East and follow to U.S. 70 East. Continue on U.S. 70 East back to I-77.

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The Statesville Fire Department is asking drivers to avoid the area and drive safely around town as vehicles begin to take detours.

Officials said at one point, the fire caused 6 miles of congestion on the interstate.

The road is expected to reopen at 8 p.m.

There is no word on the condition of the driver at this time.

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