ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - An 18-wheeler burst into flames on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lufkin Thursday afternoon, causing emergency personnel to narrow the road down to one lane of traffic in each direction.
The fire occurred north of the Faith Family Church in Burke at about 2 p.m. Wednesday. The fire destroyed both the truck and its trailer.
Jessie Moody with the Lufkin Fire Department, said as the driver of the truck was traveling on Highway 59, the inside of his cab caught on fire. At that point, the driver pulled over to the side of the road, got out as soon as possible, and called 911.
Moody said that the 18-wheeler had been hauling metal, and all of the truck's diesel fuel burned up in the fire. As a result, there are no hazardous materials that need to be cleaned up, Moody said.
Lufkin Police Department officers and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers blocked the northbound lanes of traffic on Highway 59 in that area. One lane of northbound traffic was diverted to the southbound side, so there was only one lane of traffic moving in either direction.
However, emergency personnel have now opened one of the northbound lanes of traffic.
Motorists are urged to exercise caution and expect at least some delays on that stretch of Highway 59.