Portions of U.S. 280 remained closed west of State Highway 147 for several hours Tuesday after a tractor-trailer burst into flames and the fire spread to both sides of the highway.

A truck traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 280 caught fire and the flames spread after the driver noticed she was having problems with a tire, according to Deputy Chief Matthew Steven Jordan with the Auburn Fire Division.

"She tried to extinguish it and expelled her fire extinguisher and got back. The fire wasn't extinguished. She had already called emergency services, and while she was waiting, there was an explosion," Jordan said.

The fire caused by the explosion quickly jumped the roadway and moved into a nearby wooded area.

The truck was carrying a load of fruit and the driver was uninjured, Jordan said.

Emergency officials from the Farmville, Opelika and Auburn fire departments responded to the fire at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Earth-moving equipment was brought in to create a fire-cut in the nearby woods to prevent the fire from spreading.

The fire was contained by 4:30 p.m.

Traffic was closed on U.S. 280 while crews battled the fire. Westbound traffic was reopened after the fire was contained.

Traffic was closed on the eastbound side well into Tuesday night while the cause of the fire was investigated.

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