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POSTED: November 6, 2012 3:48 p.m.

Some northbound travelers were held up Tuesday morning after an SUV caught fire on I-95 in Richmond Hill.

According to Richmond Hill Fire Chief Vernon Rushing, a 2008 Nissian Pathfinder from Liberty County lit up in a blaze around 8:30 a.m. just north of the exit for Highwy 17, causing emergency responders to close all but one northbound lane for about 20 minutes.

"(The driver) said it just popped and all the sudden it caught fire," Rushing said.

Though the SUV was a total loss, Rushing said everyone in it -- including two dogs -- got out safely and were unharmed.

Previous information:

Early morning traffic is backed up Tuesday for northbound drivers on Interstate 95 in Bryan County due a vehicle fire, according to Richmond Hill Police.

The crash is just north of the exit for Highway 17, and around 8:30 a.m. today only one lane was open to traffic, according to witnesses.

Two fire trucks, an ambulance and several patrol cars were on the scene. No other details were immediately available.



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