Semi-Truck fire briefly shuts down Route 29 North

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, a semi truck travelling northbound on Route 29 in southern Albemarle County caught fire and cause Traffic to back up for hours.

Fire officials say they believe the vehicles brake system caught fire, and spread to most of the back of the big rig.

The driver was able to get out of the truck safely. Police say that Route 29 northbound was either shut down or down to one lane for the next several hours while crews made sure the fire was out.

Fire officials say the job took a little longer than usual, because the large amount of items that filled the truck were burned, and fire crews had to remove each box out of the truck to ensure there was no fire left.

"When the recovery company gets here they're going to need the space to work, and we have to think of the crews safety always," said Chief George Stephens of the North Garden Volunteer Fire Company.

The big rig was carrying beauty products from Proctor and Gamble. Fire officials say they believe most of the merchandise is unusable.

Route 29 was full reopened by 9:30 p.m.

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