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Pa. Turnpike reopens after tractor-trailer fire

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CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

A 65-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike eastbound from Breezewood to Carlisle has reopened following a tractor-trailer fire that closed the toll highway for about eight hours.

The eastbound lanes reopened shortly before noon.

The tractor-trailer was stopped in a construction area near mile marker 219 between the Blue Mountain and Carlisle Interchanges when it became fully engulfed in a fire that spread across both eastbound lanes around 3:45 a.m., according to Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo.

The fire destroyed the trailer, spilling its load of cantaloupes across the highway. The driver escaped from the cab unharmed, DeFebo said.

Eastbound traffic was detoured off the highway at the Breezewood Interchange until the wreckage was cleared.

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