DORTCHES, N.C. (WNCN) — A major tractor-trailer fire along Interstate 95 north of Rocky Mount closed the southbound part of the highway for more than 8 hours Saturday.

The fire was reported around 8 a.m. Saturday near mile marker 145 near Whitakers in Nash County, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The wreck detoured southbound traffic at the exit, which is for N.C. 4, the NCDOT reported.

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Images from the scene around 1:30 p.m. showed a burned-out vehicle and construction equipment being used to remove the charred truck.

NCDOT officials announced just before 4:45 p.m. that the highway had just reopened.

Despite the highway reopening, there is still about two miles of traffic backed up in the southbound lanes.

CBS 17 has reached out to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for details about the incident.