Semi truck carrying cantaloupes catches fire on I-55 S, Mallory - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Semi truck carrying cantaloupes catches fire on I-55 S, Mallory

(Source: TDOT) (Source: TDOT)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A semi truck caught fire while driving southbound on Interstate 55 at Mallory Avenue Tuesday night.

"I heard an explosion, looked down, stopped, and bailed out," truck driver Velon Brewer said. "I thank the good Lord that I'm still here. I'm very lucky he was watching out over me."

It is unclear what caused the fire, but TDOT cameras showed flames shooting out of the truck.

Brewer said he was hauling cantaloupes from California to Georgia. Many of those cantaloupes ended up spilling out onto the interstate.

Emergency responders closed all lanes of traffic on I-55 South for several hours. All lanes of traffic reopened around 6:30 a.m. Click here to view our traffic tracker or tune into WMC Action News 5 for updates on your morning commute.

WMC Action news 5 is working to learn what started the fire. Stay with us for updates.

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