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Fire Burns Truck, Forces SR-24 Closure

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash.- A fiery accident stopped traffic on SR-24 for about an hour Tuesday morning.

The driver of a welding truck noticed flames in the bed of the vehicle as he was driving and pulled over, but couldn't prevent the truck from burning.

The driver was uninjured, but the highway was shut down in both directions as State Patrol cleared the burned vehicle.

"The smoke hazard.  With plastics burning, acetylene burning and glues burning, the smoke was pretty toxic," said Trooper Todd Sharp with WSP. 

The road is reopened.

No word on what caused the truck to ignite.