- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

HAW RIVER, N.C. (AP) - No one was hurt when a milk truck caught fire on Interstates 40 and 85 in Alamance County.

The Haw River Fire Department was called shortly before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday after the truck driver pulled over when he discovered his trig was on fire.

The fire closed all but one of the eastbound lanes for nearly an hour.

A spokesman for Continental Express Inc. said the company is not sure what caused the fire. Safety director Bill Maurer said it might have been caused by a brake lockup.

“Unfortunately, he had just stopped and went to take off again and one of the brake chambers locked up,” Maurer said.

The driver disconnected the trailer from the cab to prevent the fire from spreading.

Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Joseph said some of the firefighters were covered in milk that leaked from the melting cartons.

Maurer said the company was working on getting the burned trailer moved.

“There’s not a lot of easy ways to get trailers off the side of the road if it can’t be pulled,” Maurer said.

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