Tractor-trailer fire, fuel spill blocks I-77 Cornelius for hours

CORNELIUS, N.C. — Drivers in Cornelius and Huntersville dealt with major traffic headaches throughout the morning Wednesday after a tractor-trailer caught fire and crashed on Interstate 77.

The incident happened around 4:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes near exit 28. Firefighters said the tractor-trailer caught fire but there was no word on any injuries.

Crews were able to get the fire under control but also had to work to contain a diesel fuel leak from the big rig.

The cleanup was extensive and affected drivers all morning. One lane was reopened around 8 a.m. but officials did not expect the interstate to reopen completely until noon.

There is no word yet on what caused the fire.

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