Truck full of bananas catches fire near Ashland

The truck's brakes overheated and sparked the fire

A semitrailer carrying bananas caught fire south of Ashland. (ODOT)

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) – Officials say a semitrailer carrying bananas has caught fire on Interstate 5 in southwest Oregon near Ashland.

A semitrailer carrying bananas caught fire south of Ashland. (ODOT)
A semitrailer carrying bananas caught fire south of Ashland. (ODOT)

The Oregon Department of Transportation said in a news release Wednesday afternoon that the semitrailer was fully engulfed, prompting a closure of the I-5 northbound lanes in the area.

KVAL-TV reports the truck’s brakes overheated, sparking the fire.

Southbound lanes of the interstate remain open but officials said to expect delays in both directions until at least Wednesday evening.

It wasn’t immediately known if anyone was injured in the blaze.

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