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I-10 west in Las Cruces reopens after hours-long truck fire closure

A truck fire along I-10 in Las Cruces.
ABC-7 viewer Frank Villa
A truck fire along I-10 in Las Cruces.

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- Interstate 10 westbound in the Las Cruces area was shut down Saturday evening for several hours due to a semi-truck fire that forced traffic to be diverted. ABC-7 viewer Frank Villa captured the flames and smoke visible along the highway. (You can watch it in the video player at the bottom of this article)

The fire was reported by the New Mexico Department of Transportation around 6:15 p.m. on I-10 west at milepost 139. New Mexico State Police said no injuries were reported.

All lanes were finally reopened as of 10:15 p.m., according to NMDOT, although it cautioned that the truck hadn't yet been removed and additional late night lane closures were possible when the removal occurred.

Police detoured traffic off I-10 and onto Motel Boulevard to Picacho Avenue during the closure as motorists were advised to avoid the interstate and use an alternate route if possible.

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