Tractor Trailer Fire Shuts Down I-270 in Illinois

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GLEN CARBON, IL (KPLR) - The westbound lanes of Interstate 270 near Route 159 in Illinois were shut down while crews cleared a truck fire Thursday morning.

Authorities on the scene say the truck driver was headed westbound when her breaks caught fire and that fire spread to the trailer.  The driver was able to pull over and separate the cab from the trailer. She was not injured.

The driver was hauling forklifts.  The rear of the truck appears completely burned.  At one point, traffic was backed up for nearly three miles. One lane opened about an hour after the incident.