Traffic moving again after 18-wheeler carrying 39K lbs. of titanium dioxide catches fire

Traffic shut down at I-40 and Hwy 64
Published: Jun. 19, 2018 at 9:24 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2018 at 5:18 AM CDT
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(Source: TDOT)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Traffic is moving again westbound after an 18-wheeler caught fire on Interstate 40 near Highway 64 on Tuesday afternoon, according to Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

TDOT cameras showed smoke billowing out of the big rig.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Earle Farrell said the burning truck was hauling 39,000 pounds of titanium dioxide. Farrell said burning titanium oxide can emit a hazardous gas. For that reason, hazmat crews were sent to the scene.

Titanium dioxide works as a UV filtering ingredient in sunscreen and helps protect a person's skin by blocking absorption of the sun's ultraviolet light, according to

MFD said they do not believe the public is in any danger, and no injuries were reported.

The right lane of westbound traffic was blocked off for several hours. The eastbound lanes were not affected.

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