Truck fire temporarily closes northbound I-5 near Ashland
A Wednesday evening truck fire prompted a roughly 90 minute closure of northbound Interstate 5 at the California border.
Both lanes of northbound Interstate 5 were closed at 5:59 p.m. Wednesday after a commercial vehicle reportedly containing a load of paper products caught fire south of Ashland near milepost 11, according to Oregon Department of Transportation information on TripCheck.com and releases from the agency.
The vehicle fire was first reported at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday at milepost 11 just south of Ashland, according to Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon records.
The fire drew first-responders that included ODOT crews, Oregon State Police, Ashland/Jackson County Fire District No. 5 fire crews to battle the flames, according to ODOT.
The semitrailer and its load of paper products appear to be a total loss.
As of 7:49 p.m., one of two northbound lanes had reopened, according to TripCheck. Motorists should expect delays of up to 20 minutes while crews continue to clean up debris from the fire south of Ashland.
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