Tractor-trailer driver injured in explosion on I-85

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A tractor-trailer driver was hospitalized with burns after his truck exploded on Interstate 85 Tuesday morning.

The truck fire broke out on I-85 southbound near Pleasantdale Road in DeKalb County around 4:30 a.m.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the truck was carrying 36,000 pounds of chewing gum additive.

Four lanes of the interstate were blocked for more than an hour, causing minor delays, but lanes reopened around 6:15 a.m.

The truck driver is at Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition with burns and fragment wounds on his face. The Fire Department said it believes the air tank exploded, and there was no fire. They do not know the cause of the incident.