CUMBERLAND — A tractor-trailer carrying bacon caught fire and burned on Interstate 68 in Cumberland Monday, shutting down eastbound traffic from 6 p.m. to midnight, according to Cumberland Fire Department Capt. Steve Grogg.
Grogg said the truck was loaded with a variety of pork products including ribs.
"We'd rather have something like that than a hazardous material," Grogg said.
Tanker trucks supplied the water to eventually douse the blaze.
The truck came to a stop and burned just yards past the exit to Willowbrook Road.
Westbround interstate traffic was stopped for a short period early during the firefight.
Cumberland Police Department and Maryland State Police dealt with detours.
A dispatcher at the Allegany County 911 Center said he stepped outside late Monday and could smell the bacon burning.