A tractor trailer hauling hazardous material caught fire along Interstate 75 in Whitley County Wednesday.

Kentucky State Police Public Information Officer Steven Douglas said a 2016 Volvo tractor trailer was traveling south on I-75 around 7 a.m. when its brakes got hot and caught fire.

Douglas said the flames spread to the rear area of the trailer where the hazardous material Heptafluorpropane was located.

However, a quick response to the scene by the Williamsburg Fire Department prevented the fire from affecting the hazardous material, according to Douglas.

Police did not report any injuries from the driver of the tractor trailer, who was later identified as Charles J. Bean, 59, of Seymour, Tennessee.

The right lane of the interstate was shut down for approximately two hours while crews cleaned debris from the roadway and inspected the hazardous material.

Assisting at the scene of the fire were the Williamsburg Police Department, Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Whitley County Emergency Management and Kentucky State Highway Department.

The Times-Tribune in Corbin contributed to this report.

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