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Concrete truck catches fire on Highway 40 in Marion County

Motorists traveling on Highway 40 in Silver Springs experienced delays on Thursday morning after a concrete truck caught on fire.

At around 7:05 a.m., several Marion County Fire Rescue units were dispatched to the 9500 block of E Highway 40 after receiving reports of a commercial vehicle fire in the area, according to MCFR.

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MCFR units responded to the 9500 block of E Highway 40 in Silver Springs on Thursday morning to assist with extinguishing a vehicle fire. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

Multiple 911 callers reported that flames were engulfing a concrete truck. Due to the vehicle fire, the eastbound and westbound lanes of E Highway 40 were closed in the area.

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Flames engulfing the rear of the concrete truck. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

The first MCFR unit arrived on scene at 7:12 a.m., followed closely by crews from Lynne Fire Station #4. Upon arrival, the firefighters observed that the concrete truck was “fully involved in flames,” and it prompted them to shut down the bridge, according to MCFR.

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A firefighter blasting the concrete truck with water. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

Firefighters quickly utilized several hoses to blast the truck with water, and the flames were soon extinguished.

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The flames engulfing the concrete truck were quickly extinguished by MCFR crews. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

The Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Department of Transportation responded to the scene of the vehicle fire. Due to concerns regarding the amount of oil on the bridge, an FDOT supervisor arrived on scene to conduct an evaluation.

The driver and sole occupant of the concrete truck had safely exited the vehicle prior to the arrival of MCFR crews.

There were no injuries reported.