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Macon beer truck fire shuts down Interstate 75

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A Macon beer truck erupted in flames shortly after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, on Interstate 75 south near the Hardeman Avenue exit.
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A Macon beer truck erupted in flames shortly after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, on Interstate 75 south near the Hardeman Avenue exit.

A Macon Beverage Co. beer truck erupted in flames shortly before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 75 South near the Hardeman Avenue exit.

Driver Lantresse Day told Bibb County sheriff’s deputies he heard a popping noise in the 1995 International truck and pulled over to the right shoulder.

“The next thing he knew, the truck was on fire,” said Lt. Randy Gonzalez, public information officer for the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

As black smoke rose from the flames, vehicles initially scooted past the burning truck emblazoned with pictures of Milwaukee’s Best beer.

A deputy drove up on the scene and radioed for firefighters and other units for traffic control.

Arriving Macon-Bibb County fire trucks parked in the open lanes as deputies used their patrol cars to block other drivers approaching the burning truck.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames that were devouring the engine compartment and the cab.

“The beer was saved,” Gonzalez said.

Day was not hurt.

About 15 minutes after firefighters arrived, officers opened the left lane for travel.

The two right lanes continued to be blocked for nearly an hour.

After firefighters cleared debris, a Georgia Department of Transportation crew put down sand on the slick spots on the pavement.

Deputies reopened the road about noon.

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