Truck fire blocks traffic west of Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. A burning tractor trailer blocked traffic for a time on westbound Interstate 44 Saturday afternoon.

The driver told troopers he noticed flames coming out of the hood of his truck and pulled over near Mile Marker 69 west of Springfield. The driver safely escaped the burning rig.

Troopers detoured traffic around the incident, sending drivers onto State Route B. Later, traffic was allowed to pass in the left lane to get around the truck.

No one was hurt. No word on what caused the truck to catch fire. The contents of the trailer were not damaged.