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    Officials searching for vehicle that dropped steel on I-93, puncturing tires of 13 vehicles

    Police are investigating the source of a large piece of steel that was found on a Stoneham highway and punctured the tires of 13 vehicles Thursday morning, officials said.

    Police were notified of the metal debris on Interstate 93 north just before 5 a.m., said State Police spokesman Tom Ryan. All the vehicles were towed, but no crashes or injuries were reported, Ryan said.

    Jacquelyn Goddard, a Massachusetts Department of Transportation spokeswoman, said she believes the steel fell off a truck. The vehicle has not been identified, she said.

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    Officials temporarily shut down the right lane near Exit 37, so MassDOT could clear the debris away, Ryan said.

    All lanes were reopened just before 6 a.m.

    Elise Takahama can be reached at elise.takahama@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama.