18-wheeler catches fire in Tupelo

By Emily Le Coz

TUPELO – An 18-wheeler that wrecked and caught fire forced emergency personnel to close at least one lane of traffic Monday afternoon.

Police scanner reports around 4:30 p.m. identified a semi-trailer on fire. Both northbound lanes temporarily were closed, but one was reopened quickly thereafter.

A Daily Journal staff member on the scene minutes after the wreck said the fire appeared to be extinguished.

No word yet on the condition of the driver.

We will post more as it becomes available.