TDOT: 1 lane opened at this time after cargo fire; No injuries reported

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UPDATE: Traffic is starting to move on Interstate 81 in Sullivan County. Tennessee Highway Patrol says no injuries have been reported. 


Southbound traffic on Interstate 81 in Sullivan County, Tennessee is currently closed due to a tractor-trailer fire. 

The Tennessee Department of Transportation posted to the SmartWay map that mile marker 70 near Bristol is currently affected due to the fire, all the way through Island Road.

Tennessee Highway Patrol is reporting that the fire started around 5:40 a.m. this morning and that the vehicle is on the shoulder of the road. Local fire departments are on scene to handle the fire. 

Traffic is being detoured onto Highway 11W at Exit 74 at this time. 

TDOT reports that the scene is expected to be cleared by 8 a.m. 

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