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Fiery Crash Snarls Traffic On I-95 In South Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – All lanes of Interstate 95 near Broad Street are open after a tractor-trailer caught fire, halting traffic along the highway Sunday morning.

The incident occurred just before 6 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-95 near exit 19 in South Philadelphia.

Officials say the tractor-trailer caught fire after it made contact with another vehicle and then struck the concrete median.  The accident caused both directions of I-95 to be shut down between the Walt Whitman Bridge and Broad Street for nearly two hours.

Traffic was backed up all the way to the Philadelphia International Airport as a result.

The southbound lanes began reopening just before 8 a.m., but it wasn’t until around 1 p.m. that all lanes finally reopened.

Fire officials confirm the blaze was placed under control at 6:38 a.m.

The driver of the truck was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in stable condition.

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