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Trailer fire shuts down Interstate 35 in Norman

A tractor-trailer fire shut down Interstate 35 and prompted the evacuation of a nearby area, Norman fire officials said Wednesday evening.
BY JULIANA KEEPING Modified: July 10, 2013 at 11:41 pm •  Published: July 10, 2013

A massive fire engulfed a tractor-trailer Wednesday on Interstate 35, shutting down the highway and prompting evacuations.

A special agent with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics said he saw a trailer driving northbound on I-35 Wednesday evening with what looked like a burning tire.

The driver, who was hauling road paint on a flatbed trailer, pulled over.

The agent called for help and drove to the tractor-trailer, then telling the driver to exit her truck. Moments later, road paint containers exploded, engulfing the tractor-trailer and covering the highway with dark plumes of smoke, the agent said.

He then parked ahead of the truck in order to block traffic.

Authorities arrived to fight the fire and shut down the interstate, said the narcotics agent, who asked for his name to be withheld due to concerns about his safety.

The highway was shut down about 6:55 p.m. near W Tecumseh Road, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Betsy Randolph said.

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