Truckload of chewing gum additives catches fire near Spaghetti Junction

A truck driver suffered burns early Tuesday when his tractor-trailer caught fire alongside a DeKalb County interstate.

The truck fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. on I-85 northbound just south of Pleasantdale Road.

According to the state Department of Transportation, the truck was hauling 36,000 pounds of chewing gum additives.

The four right lanes of I-85 northbound were blocked for more than an hour, and at 6 a.m., two of those lanes remained blocked. All lanes were opened about 6:15.

The identity and condition of the truck’s driver were not immediately available.

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