I-20/Pearson Road exit closed through rush hour - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

I-20/Pearson Road exit closed through rush hour

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PEARL, MS (WLBT) - A truck fire temporarily shut down I-20 Eastbound at the Pearson exit around lunch time. One lane was closed for about two hours, but has reopened to traffic.

An 18-wheeler burst into flames at the Pearson Road exit.

Police say the driver of the truck ran over a mattress which caused his trailer wheels to lock up.

That sparked a blaze igniting a load of wax-covered boxes in the trailer, sending huge plumes of smoke into the sky.

Traffic was stopped for nearly an hour while fireman battled to put out the flames. 

No one was injured in the fire.

The exit was still closed at 6 p.m.

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