UPDATE: Tractor-Trailer Fire Snarls I-81

One Northbound Lane Near Edinburg Reopened

Posted: October 15, 2013

A tractor-trailer fire shut down northbound Interstate 81 this afternoon around 3 p.m. The fire was located just south of the Edinburg exit, at mile marker 278, and backed up traffic for at least four miles. The Virginia Department of Transportation reported one northbound land had reopened around 5 p.m. (Photo by Courtesy Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue)
HARRISONBURG — One northbound lane of Interstate 81 was reopened around 5 p.m. following a tractor-trailer fire that shut down both lanes of the interstate for about two hours.

The truck, which was carrying aerosol cans, according to the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, was reported on fire around 3 p.m. at mile marker 278, just south of the Edinburg exit.

The fire snarled northbound traffic south of Edinburg for at least eight miles and traffic was detoured to U.S. 11. The blaze did not start as a result of a crash, but the cause was unclear.

The truck was carrying unspecified medical supplies, but nothing that constituted a hazardous-materials situation, said Ken Slack, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

As of 5:34 p.m., VDOT's 511 website reported driver's could still expect major delays with backups up to eight miles long.

The left lane was open just after 5 p.m. and the right around 7:40 p.m., according to Sandy Myers of VDOT. The right shoulder was still closed as of 8 p.m. with continued delays.

There were no injuries, according to the Virginia State Police.


The Daily News-Record will have more on this story as details become available and will have a complete report in Wednesday’s DN-R.