A tractor-trailer crashed and caught fire on I-66 near Route 15 in Prince William County. (Courtesy of Prince William County Fire Department)

Updated at 2:30 p.m.

The Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination announced that one east bound land has been re-opened, while the other is still blocked off to traffic. Traffic delays are still approximately two miles long.

Updated at 10:39 a.m.

Virginia State Police said a tractor-trailer carrying tomatoes crashed and caught fire Monday on the eastbound side of Interstate 66 in Prince William County, causing part of the roadway to be shut down for the next several hours.

Initially, police closed both the east and westbound lanes of Interstate 66, but then reopened the westbound lanes around 9 a.m. Police said the eastbound lanes of the highway are expected to stay closed as crews cleanup and remove the charred tractor-trailer. Drivers were advised to avoid the area and use other routes.

The incident happened around 8:06 a.m. near the Route 15 overpass, according to police. The tractor-trailer was headed east on the highway when it ran off the left side of the interstate and struck a guardrail. It went about 1/10th of a mile against the guardrail, officials said, before it stopped.


Tractor-trailer crashed and caught fire on I-66 near Route 15 in Prince William County. (Courtesy of Virginia State Police)

The truck then caught fire, police said. The driver of the truck — Jose E. Martinez, 50, of Brownsville, Texas, suffered minor injuries in the crash. Authorities said they believe “fatigue was a factor in the crash.”

Police charged Martinez with reckless driving and the crash remains under investigation.

Updated at 9:42 a.m.

The westbound lanes of Interstate 66 in Prince William County have reopened after an earlier vehicle fire, authorities said. But delays remain, as the eastbound lanes of the highway are still closed. It is not immediately known when those lanes near Route 15 would reopen.

Original post at 8:48 a.m.

The eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 66 in Prince William County are closed at U.S. 15, as crews clean up from an earlier truck fire. Drivers should avoid the area, as officials said it could involve hazmat crews.

Few details were immediately known about the incident.