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Jeep bursts into flames on I-540

Posted July 9, 2009 8:52 a.m. EDT
Updated July 9, 2009 11:02 a.m. EDT

— Emergency crews blocked the right lanes of Interstate 540 east Thursday morning after a Jeep Grand Cherokee burst into flames on the shoulder near Aviation Parkway. The road was reopened by 10:30 a.m.

James High Jr., of Nashville, told troopers he noticed smoke coming from under his hood and he pulled over on the shoulder. As soon as he got out, the Jeep caught on fire and was engulfed in flames.

High was the only person in the vehicle and was not injured, according to Trooper Andrew Knight. Authorities said they do not know why the Jeep caught on fire.

People driving by the scene shot video and snapped pictures of flames coming from the vehicle and smoke billowing in the air.