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Truck fire snarls I-66 traffic for hours

Tuesday - 7/5/2011, 7:51pm  ET

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A truck fire on I-66 westbound has caused severe backups. (Courtesy of Joseph Dougherty)

WASHINGTON - A truck fire held traffic on westbound Interstate 66 at a standstill for hours Tuesday afternoon, resulting in a disastrous evening commute for motorists in northern Virginia.

WTOP's Bob Marbourg says a truck carrying hay was burning after Exit 60 for Route 123 and before Exit 57 for Route 50 . Virginia State Police say they received reports of the fire at about 1:30 p.m.

Westbound lanes of traffic were stopped for more than three hours, with the northbound ramp from Route 123 to westbound I-66 closing during the afternoon. That ramp has since reopened.

Residual delays and traffic jams occurred into the evening, with Route 123, Route 50 and other alternative routes in Virginia jammed with drivers trying to avoid delays.

Traffic reopened on I-66 around 6:30 p.m.

Below is video that WTOP's Neal Augenstein shot as he sat in his car on Interstate 66.

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