MIDDLETOWN, Del. (CBS) – Delaware State Police continue to investigate a vehicle fire which shut down both southbound lanes of DE Rt. 1 north of Smyrna Wednesday morning.

Police say the incident happened around 11 a.m. as a tractor trailer loaded with live chickens was traveling southbound on DE Rt. 1 north of Black Diamond Road. According to police, a tire located on the rear of the trailer blew and caused a fire to start. Police say the driver was able to pull the truck onto the shoulder of the roadway and exit the vehicle without incident.

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The fire was subsequently extinguished by members of the Townsend Fire Company.

There were no injuries.

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The southbound lanes of DE Rt. 1 remained closed until the load of chickens could be placed on another tractor trailer and the disabled truck was removed from the scene.

The highway was re-opened at around 3:10 p.m.

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