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Hundreds of packages destroyed after FedEx truck goes up in flames near Maricopa

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MARICOPA, AZ (3TV/CBS5) - A FedEx truck caught on fire early Monday morning, causing Interstate 8 to close in both directions just east of State Route 84 near Stanfield Road, according to Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).

According to the Department of Public Safety, the brakes on the truck caught on fire and then hit a coyote. The fire then spread to nearby bushes on the right side of the shoulder of the highway. While the flames are out, the truck is still smoldering.

In a press release, ADOT says that all lanes have reopened.

UPDATE: Westbound lanes have reopened. #aztraffic #i8 https://t.co/SGo4S5QjhD— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) October 19, 2020

According to the Department of Public Safety, the truck had a brake fire on the right side after hitting an animal. The fire grew on the right side on the shoulder of the highway. The fire has also spread to the bushes nearby. Most of the flames however, are out.

No information on what caused the fire or if there are any injuries have been made available.

DETOUR suggestions for I-8 WB due to closure at MP 158: WB detour suggestion: Exit at SR 87 NB, I-10 WB or SR 387 NB to do a loop back to SR 347 SB and then I-8 WB.#aztraffic #i8 pic.twitter.com/CoLXox1afD— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) October 19, 2020

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