NORWICH A portion of Interstate 70 in eastern Muskingum County was closed Wednesday night after a westbound tractor-trailer hauling candy was destroyed by fire.
The westbound lanes were closed for nearly five hours as firefighters initially extinguished the flames and then as crews cleared the scene.
The truck sustained extensive damage.
The driver, identified as Kerry Nottingham, age and address unavailable, suffered minor injuries. He was reportedly transported to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries.
His condition was not known as of press time Thursday.
According to the WHIZ news website, Nottingham said he was driving along I-70 when he heard a pop followed by a sizzling sound and fire was then observed in the dash of the truck.
By the time he was able to get the truck stopped off the roadway near the Zanesville Airport exit, the roof of the cab was reportedly on fire.
The truck was reportedly fully engulfed just minutes later.
Firefighters from the Washington Township, Perry Township and New Concord fire departments were dispatched to the scene of to the fire.
Both lanes of I-70 at the scene remained closed until 1:23 a.m., according to the highway patrol.