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Tractor-trailer hauling sweet potatoes bursts into flames on I-4 westbound in Polk County

Posted: 6:36 AM, Oct 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-29 12:09:47Z
Sweet potato truck fire closes lanes on I-4 WB
Sweet potato truck fire closes lanes on I-4 WB
Sweet potato truck fire closes lanes on I-4 WB

A tractor-trailer fire caused major delays in Polk County on Monday morning. 

FHP says a tractor-trailer hauling sweet potatoes westbound on I-4 near the 35-mile marker suffered a mechanical issue and caught fire. The driver got out of the truck safely as it became engulfed in flames. 

Steven Tillman, 62, of Orlando, was not injured. 

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As of 8:04 a.m., crews were working to open more lanes after the fire. Delays continue.