Truck fire shuts down New Gloucester toll plaza

Posted Dec. 04, 2013, at 2:34 p.m.

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine — A tractor-trailer fire early Wednesday morning shut down several lanes at the New Gloucester toll plaza along the Maine Turnpike’s southbound lanes, officials said.

The blaze was reported at 1:45 a.m., according to turnpike spokesman Dan Morin. The truck was hauling holiday shopping fliers, Morin said.

The truck caught fire about 200 yards south of the toll plaza, Morin said. The driver, whose name was not disclosed, was not injured.

The toll plaza’s southbound lanes were shut down for 8 ½ hours while crews cleaned up the scene, Morin said. Southbound traffic was rerouted through the EZ-pass lanes before the toll lanes reopened at 10 a.m., Morin said.

A cause for the fire has not been determined.

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