HARRISON CO., TX (KSLA) - An 18 wheeler carrying tons of cooking oil catches on fire early Thursday morning, and has caused a major traffic headache Thursday afternoon.
The incident happened around 5:30 a.m. on westbound Interstate 20 in Marshall, Texas.
Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation and Development say the 18 wheeler was hauling cooking oil and vegetable shortening when the rear-axle brake reportedly locked up on the driver.
Officials say when the driver pulled over to check out the rig, he reportedly noticed the back of the trailer on fire. The driver was able to get out of the way of the fire without suffering any injuries.
Texas DOTD officials and HAZMAT crews are now working to wash off cooking oil and clean up aerosol cans from the roadway.
The fire has been extinguished, but traffic on the westbound side of I-20 is still down to one lane. Crews working the scene say the recent rains may have also contributed to this fire.
Authorities hope to have both lanes of Interstate 20 westbound back open around 3pm.
Until then, motorists should use Hwy 80 as an alternate route to avoid any delays.