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Liquor truck crashes, catches fire on Powhite Parkway

Posted at 5:35 AM, May 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-01 07:20:09-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Police charged a truck driver with reckless driving after his tractor trailer overturned and caught fire on Powhite Parkway, between Courthouse Road and Route 288, Monday. Virginia State Police reported the driver, who was hauling liquor, was distracted while driving.

Details about what distracted the driver behind the wheel were not immediately available.

The crash closed all southbound lanes just before 5 a.m.

"All southbound lanes remain closed, with traffic getting by on the right shoulder," VDOT advised at 7 a.m. "The northbound left lane is also closed for crash cleanup. Continue to expect delays."

After the tractor trailer overturned, it caught fire.

Truck crash on Powhite Parkway(PHOTO: Randy W.)

The truck driver and a passenger were able to escape with minor injuries.

The alcohol in the back of the truck continued to ignite.

Firefighters used foam to help control the flames.

Fire officials urged drivers to avoid the area.

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