One lane on Highway 72 near Cherokee open after truck fire

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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- Officials with the Colbert County EMA confirm that a truck has caught on fire on Highway 72 in the Cherokee area.

Due to the hazardous materials, Highway 72 east and westbound were shut down in both directions. Also, the overpass at Cherokee/Natchez Trace was closed.

Currently, one lane is open to let traffic flow through.

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Incident Commander Chuck Lansdell said they immediately evacuated four homes. Around 7 a.m., HAZMAT and fire crews approached the fire, putting it out with foam.

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No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. They said at this point they think it was mechanical failure. It happened around 1:30 Thursday morning.

Lansdell said they are mostly concerned about the vapor coming from the fire. Corrosive materials are said to be on the truck, like Metal Solution and a Sulfate Resin Solution. He said there have been mini explosions that have spread across the highway, hitting the railroad. Railroad traffic has also been shut down.

Crews  kept their distance from the fire to let it burn out for about six hours.

WHNT News 19 does have a team on the scene.

They are working to gather the latest breaking details.

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