7/26/2014 5:41 PM
by Mike Bundt
BLUEFIELD- Traffic is returning back to normal after a tractor-trailer fire Friday night shut down the northbound lanes of the East River Mountain Tunnel.
After re-opening the southbound lanes Friday night at 10:30 pm, one northbound lane was re-opened Saturday morning while workers continued to inspect the tunnel. The original fire started around 3 pm Friday after a tractor-trailer driver told emergency service personnel that his engine was acting up. The fire lasted for more than two hours before being extinguished.
"I think they did a really good job. The main thing for the tunnel Virginia Department of Transportation, they had to send engineers in here to inspect the integrity of the northbound side of the tunnel," said Tim Farley.
The northbound lanes of the tunnel were closed for more than 18 hours as a result of the fire.