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Tractor trailer driver escapes flames as truck catches fire on I-90 in Charlton

The tractor trailer fire on I-90 in Charlton. Massachusetts State Police

The driver of a tractor trailer was able to escape his truck after it caught on fire on Interstate 90 in Charlton Tuesday morning, officials said.

The tractor trailer caught on fire near mile marker 82 on the eastbound side of the Massachusetts Turnpike, State Police said in a tweet around 6:30 a.m.

State Police and Charlton firefighters responded to the “well involved trailer fire” and found that the driver had disconnected safely, the Charlton Fire Department tweeted.

The middle lane, the right lane, and the breakdown lane were shut down. The middle lane was reopened around 7:30 a.m., but the right lane and the breakdown lane were expected to be closed for four to five hours, police said in a tweet around 8:40 a.m.

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Firefighters had left the scene by around 9 a.m., but cleanup crews stayed to pick up the debris, which included much of the trailer’s cargo, according to the fire department.

“Long delays [expected]. Drive safe,” the fire department tweeted.


Andres Picon can be reached at andres.picon@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andpicon.