All lanes of I-81 South reopen after tractor trailer fire in Augusta County

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- UPDATE (5:02 p.m.):

Photo credit: Raphine Volunteer Fire Company

VDOT has issued an all-clear after a tractor trailer fire shut down all lanes of I-81 South for several hours this afternoon at mile marker 212, followed by hours of cleanup and repair on the road.

WHSV has been told that the driver escaped the vehicle unharmed.

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UPDATE (4:00 p.m.):

All lanes of I-81 South are open again at mile marker 212 following a tractor trailer fire which began around noon and left lanes closed throughout the afternoon.

Delays still extend about ten miles from the scene.

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UPDATE (3:20 p.m.):

Delays from the scene of a tractor trailer fire that began around noon on Friday on I-81 South near Greenville now extend all the way back to Staunton.

The left lane has been reopened at mile marker 212 of I-81 South, but the right lane and shoulder are closed for pavement repair and cleanup of the fire, which destroyed the truck.

In addition, a crash occurred along I-81 South in the area of delays from this fire, at mile marker 217, where the right shoulder is now closed.

With many drivers exiting the interstate and taking Route 11 as a detour around the scene of the fire, a crash has also happened on Route 11, right near Greenville in the area of the ramp to I-81 South. That's leading to the closure of the north right lane and right shoulder at that point of Route 11, near the original scene of the truck fire.

Delays from mile marker 212 now stretch about 10 miles.

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UPDATE (2:50 p.m.):

The left lane is open at mile marker 212.4 of I-81 South, following a tractor trailer fire that shut down all lanes for over two hours.

The right lane right shoulder remain closed for cleanup and pavement repair.

Farther north, however, an accident which occurred in the area of traffic backups from the fire is causing more delays.

A crash at mile marker 217 of I-81 South has closed the left lane at that point.

Delays stretch about 8 miles from the site of the fire at mile marker 212.

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UPDATE (2:22 p.m.):

One lane of I-81 South has reopened at mile marker 212.4 after a major tractor trailer fire shut down all lanes for over two hours.

Now, the south right lane and right shoulder are closed, with delays extending about five miles.

During the cleanup of the fire, traffic has been detoured off of the interstate onto Route 11 at exit 213A, where drivers follow Route 11 south for about eight miles and then onto Route 606 to get back on I-81 South at mile marker 205, near Raphine.

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UPDATE (2:08 p.m.):

All lanes of I-81 South remain closed at mile marker 212.4 near Greenville as rescue and fire crews respond to a tractor trailer fire.

The fire was first reported around noon, and VDOT has no estimate on when the southbound lanes will be reopened.

A detour is in place, however.

I-81 southbound traffic is being detoured onto Route 11 at exit 213A (Greenville). Drivers will follow Route 11 south for about eight miles, and then Route 606 (Raphine Road) west for about 1.5 miles to return to I-81 at exit 205.

Delays from the scene at MM 212 are estimated to stretch about 5 miles.

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Drivers heading south on Interstate 81 in Augusta County can expect major delays due to a truck fire.

All lanes of I-81 South are shut down at mile marker 212.4 due to a tractor trailer on fire.

This is in the Greenville area of Augusta County. VDOT says fire and rescue crews are on scene.

It's reported that the plume of smoke from the scene can be seen from as far away as Fishersville.

Southbound traffic is being diverted onto Route 11 at exit 213, and then rejoining I-81 at exit 205, in the Raphine area, according to VDOT.

Drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes if at all possible, but can expect congestion to build on Route 11 as well.

You can find up-to-date travel times and maps for I-81 here.




Photo credit: Raphine Volunteer Fire Company
Photo credit: Raphine Volunteer Fire Company