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Lanes reopen on I-264 at Downtown Tunnel after tractor-trailer fire

The eastbound lanes of I-264 are back open to traffic after a vehicle caught on fire at Effingham Street. Drivers were advised to avoid the area.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Lanes are back open at the Downtown Tunnel after being shut down when a vehicle caught on fire early Friday morning.

Virginia State Police said they were called around 4:12 a.m. to I-264 eastbound for a disabled tractor-trailer sitting at Effingham Street.

According to officers, the vehicle's engine started smoking and that's when it caught on fire. They said the driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured from the fire.

Firefighters were seen assisting with the fire.

Virginia Department of Transportation crews worked to clear the road as police advised drivers to avoid the area.

13News Now Traffic Anchor, Bethany Reese told drivers to consider taking the Midtown Tunnel as a detour.

Author's Note: The video below is on file from Sept. 21, 2021.