A tractor trailer caught fire on Friday morning midway between mile marker 15 and 16 on the Maine Turnpike. Credit: Courtesy Maine State Police

A tractor trailer that caught fire on the Maine Turnpike shut down the southbound lane early Friday morning.

The fire on the southbound lane midway between mile 15 and mile 16 was reported around 5:30 a.m., according to the Maine State Police.

The driver had been able to detach the trailer, which was carrying bottled water, from the truck before the fire spread. A lane of the highway was shut down while the bottled water was unloaded.

Officials believe that the fire started due to a faulty brake system. The vehicle had not been inspected since July of 2021, which is unlawful under federal regulations.

The trailer was towed off the interstate later in the day.

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Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.