Fire on Interstate 59 slows traffic

A tanker truck carrying rare earth chloride caught fire Sunday afternoon on the Interstate near the Evelyn Gandy Parkway.

The driver of the 18 wheeler says a passing motorist pointed out that smoke was coming out of the rear of the tanker.  The driver pulled over and the fire department responded quickly to prevent any major damage.

Some chloride did spill out on the interstate. No injuries were reported.