Lemons and broccoli burn in tractor trailer fire, closing I-49 at Neosho, Mo.

Joplin News First

NEOSHO, Mo. — Around 1:30 p.m. reports of a vehicle fire along I-49 north, just south of exit 27, Love’s Travel Plaza in Neosho, Missouri, Newton County. 

Neosho Fire Dept, Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies, Newton Co Ambulance responded emergency. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified. Neosho Police and MoDOT Emergency Response assisted.

The roaring fire crossed both lanes, closing both northbound traffic for about an hour and a half. As of 5:00 p.m. one lane northbound is open as M&M Wrecker continue the clean up.

The male driver, of South Dakota, and his dog were out safely. 

Southbound traffic continues as normal.

The tractor trailer was loaded with 24,000 pounds of fresh lemons and 4,000 pounds of fresh broccoli.

THE TRACTOR TRAILER IS LOCATED JUST SOUTH OF LOVE’S TRAVEL PLAZA AT 26.8 MILE MARKER NORTH I-49.

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