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SWEETWATER, Texas – An 18-wheeler fire sent giant plumes of smoke into the sky and shut down a Texas interstate Thursday afternoon.

The fire started near a truck stop in Sweetwater, Texas, around noon, according to CBS affiliate KTAB. Witnesses said they heard a loud explosion as the fire started.

Firefighters were able to get the fire extinguished in about an hour.

The driver of the truck was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.