ALACHUA COUNTY ‒ A fire erupted on I-75 as a semi car hauler, laden with vehicles, became engulfed in flames, bringing traffic to a grinding halt and sending plumes of smoke billowing into the sky.

Units from Alachua County Fire Rescue and High Springs Fire Department responded to a commercial vehicle fire on I-75 at the 398-mile marker southbound at about 10:45 a.m. on March 20, 2024. Also assisting were units from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol.

Units arrived to find a semi tractor pulling a car hauling trailer with heavy fire involving the trailer and multiple vehicles being carried.

The truck’s operator was able to separate the tractor from the trailer, limiting damage to the trailer and the vehicles being hauled. The trailer and three of the vehicles sustained heavy damage and one vehicle sustained minor damage, but no injuries were reported.

The I-75 southbound exit was closed at exit 399 and vehicles were rerouted around the area. Authorities reported that the incident prompted authorities to shut down several lanes of the interstate, diverting traffic onto alternate routes for approximately one hour to allow for operations and the clearing of debris. Fire rescue units responding to the scene included two fire engines, two water tankers and one District Chief.

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