Emergency repairs needed after flames engulf semi-truck on I-95 by Bunnell

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Cleanup is underway after a semi-truck hauling cars caught on fire and shut down I-95 in southern St. Johns County, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Nine new cars on the Proficient Auto Transport hauler were charred when flames ignited just after 4 a.m. The Sheriff's Office said firefighters from Flager and St. Johns counties were all called to the fire.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office- Car hauler on fire

Troopers said the driver noticed smoke from the engine and was able to pull over safely before flames engulfed the vehicle. No injuries were reported.

All lanes of I-95 southbound near US-1 at the Bunnell exit were blocked while crews worked to clear the scene. One southbound lane reopened shortly after 7 a.m.

Emergency repairs will be made to the asphalt and the outside lane and shoulder will remain closed for the whole day, Florida transportation officials said. The repairs will be made overnight and the lane and shoulder should reopen Thursday morning.

Drivers will need to plan for detours and added delays. To get around the closure, drivers can exit on I-95 at SR-206 then take that to U.S. 1.