Vehicle fire on I-75 causes temporary shutdowns

Herald Staff ReportNovember 23, 2013 

MANATEE -- Southbound lanes were partially shutdown on Interstate 75 in Manatee County on Saturday afternoon as firefighters worked to extinguish a vehicle fire, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A small AC/refrigeration repair box truck was heading south near mile marker 223 when the driver saw smoke coming from the engine at about 2:05 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release.

The driver made an attempt to pull over to the right shoulder, but then saw flames coming from the engine compartment and got out of the truck.

East Manatee Fire and Rescue arrived and extinguished the fire that had spread in the passenger compartments. The right and center southbound lanes were shut down until 2:36 p.m. after fire was extinguished.

The right southbound lane remained close until the truck was removed at 3:53 p.m.

A small amount of damage to the asphalt on the right shoulder occurred, but no injuries were reported.

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