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Truck catches fire, backs up traffic in Fayetteville

Posted September 17, 2008

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— A tractor-trailer fire in Fayetteville backed up traffic and closed two northbound lanes on Interstate 95 Wednesday morning.

Shawn Gouveia was driving his tractor-trailer, with his wife sleeping nearby, when his right front tire blew, causing sparks that started a fire.

"I pulled over to the corner ... woke (my wife) up, got out of the truck and dialed 911," Gouveia said. "The tire blew and the fire took over the whole truck."

Gouveia's truck sat burning near Highway 87 until emergency officials could arrive.

He and his wife, who own the Werner Enterprises truck, were traveling from Florida to North Carolina. They were not injured.

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  • Common Sense Man Sep 17, 2008

    Ahhhhh, they changed it of course. With online news they worry about getting the story first and fast rather than getting it right.

  • Common Sense Man Sep 17, 2008

    How is that a crash?

  • buzzcub Sep 17, 2008

    Don't they monitor the police CB anyway?

  • lroyal10900 Sep 17, 2008

    AnimalLover,
    Tell him to take 301 in Lumberton and bypass this mess that way.

  • Jax is proud to be an American Sep 17, 2008

    I am glad everyone made it out safe. Animal it is great you were able to call your husband. I am sure the truck drivers appreciate it.

  • CestLaVie Sep 17, 2008

    Thank goodness for this type of news. I was able to call my husband & tell him about this. He's on his way back north from Charleston just now & will be coming on I-95. He drives a 53-footer. Now he can talk with other truckers to see if this part of the highway is still closed when he gets near the area. Thank you WRAL.