A stalled semi-truck hauling celery caught fire on Interstate 5 in LAKEWOOD, WA.

A stalled semi-truck hauling celery reportedly caught fire just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, forcing the closure of several northbound lanes.

LAKEWOOD, WA — A semi-trailer fire on northbound Interstate 5 at milepost 127 reduced traffic to one lane Tuesday morning. Shortly after the fire began, Washington State Department of Transportation and West Pierce Fire & Rescue officials reported a second crash in the southbound lanes in the same area.

WSDOT’s Tacoma Traffic Twitter account announced a stalled truck on the interstate just after 10 a.m. Nov. 20 caught fire, sending plumes of smoke into the clear blue morning sky. A photo later tweeted by Washington State Patrol Trooper Johnna Batiste showed the trailer was reportedly transporting celery.

Trooper Johnna Batiste@wspd1pio

LANE 3 is now open. The right two lanes are still blocked.

Trooper Johnna Batiste@wspd1pio

For everyone that’s curious…
🥁🥁🥁

It’s celery! 😝 pic.twitter.com/JnjDHv7Nrx

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Around 11 a.m., Batiste tweeted about the second crash directly across from the burning semi-trailer.

In its most recent tweet, West Pierce Fire & Rescue shared a photo that appears to show the fire is mostly under control:

West Pierce Fire@WestPierce

It’s still slow going NB I-5. We are working to get things moving as quickly as possible.

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Previous Twitter alerts:

Trooper Johnna Batiste@wspd1pio

TACOMA! 🔥🔥🔥 and @WestPierce are blocking the 3 right lanes of northbound I5 in the area of SR512 for a semi hauling produce that caught fire.

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WSDOT Tacoma Traffic

@wsdot_tacoma

Updated: Vehicle fire on I-5 NB at milepost 127 near South Tacoma Way beginning at 10:08 am on November 20, 2018 until further notice. Traffic has been reduced to one lane.

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West Pierce Fire@WestPierce

🔥 please!

WSDOT Tacoma Traffic

@wsdot_tacoma

Replying to @wsdot_tacoma

Expect delays on NB I-5 in Lakewood. Please keep an eye on the road so fire crews can focus on their work.

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Images via WSP Trooper Johnna Batiste