Turnpike southbound still closed for semi fire

Turnpike southbound still closed for semi fire

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A semi hauling hay was engulfed by fire Friday morning on Florida's Turnpike southbound near the Beeline Highway in Palm Beach County.

When Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to the fire at 6:23 a.m., 40 percent of the semi was on fire.

Firefighters started an attack on the blaze and were able to bring it under control.

Traffic on the Turnpike southbound remains affected as firefighters use a bobcat to assist with the overhaul operations.

At 11:45 a.m., all southbound lanes of Turnpike are still closed. Drivers are being rerouted to the PGA Boulevard exit. Northbound lanes are squeezing by, with back ups due to onlooker traffic.

The driver of the truck, John Rauscher, 77 of Ontario, Canada, was able to safely get out of the vehicle.

Rauscher was transporting hay from Canada to Loxahatchee.

Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue crews also assisted with extinguishing the blaze.

The semi was a total loss.

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