Part of I-59 shut down after 18-wheeler catches fire

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A portion of Interstate-59 was shut down for a couple of hours after a tractor-trailer truck caught fire Saturday night.  Authorities shut down all northbound and southbound lanes around the Monroe Road Exit at the Forrest/Jones County line around 9 p.m.

The move was a precaution after a semi-truck carrying liquid styrene pulled off the road because its tires were on fire.

Authorities said liquid styrene is highly flammable and they were concerned the truck could explode.  Forrest and Jones county firefighters put out the fire and the interstate was re-opened around 11 p.m. after an inspection showed the trailer had not been damaged.

As an extra precaution, a crew from U.S. Environmental Services was called in to further inspect the truck.

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