Maryland State Police say a tractor-trailer carrying explosives is on fire on Interstate 70 west of Clear Spring.
The fire temporarily closed the highway in both directions for nine miles, but the Maryland State Highway Administration says westbound lanes have reopened. Spokesman Dave Buck said authorities are diverting eastbound traffic onto U.S. 40 at exit 12 to avoid a 6-mile stretch of I-70.
First Sgt. Kevin Lewis said he has no reason to believe the blasting devices in the trailer will explode. He says the explosives are the kind used for excavation.
Lewis says authorities are allowing the fire to burn out, and are maintaining a wide perimeter.
He says the driver called 911 shortly after 11 a.m. to report an apparent brake fire.
Lewis says the driver managed to separate the truck from the trailer and drive away from the fire.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times