Westbound traffic on I-4 was diverted onto State Road 33 after a tractor-trailer hauling sweet potatoes burst into flames just east of the U.S. 98 exit around 5:10 a.m. The driver, 62-year-old Steven Tillman of Orlando, discovered a mechanical issue and got out safely before the fire started. The traffic backup was complicated by a four-car collision on I-4 westbound near the Polk Parkway east entrance around 7 a.m. MORE: ABC Action Traffic live video | News Channel 8 video

MORE: Not much left of this semi after that fire. I-4 WB/Socrum Loop. Fortunately driver got out and is OK, per FHP. Pics courtesy @FHPTampa pic.twitter.com/aLkrCSOvyN

— FOX 13 Traffic (@Fox13Traffic) October 29, 2018

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