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Tractor trailer carrying cattle catches fire

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A tractor trailer that had cattle inside burned on Highway 61 in Palmyra. A tractor trailer that had cattle inside burned on Highway 61 in Palmyra.
PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -

All lanes on Highway 61 in Palmyra, Missouri are back open after fire engulfed a tractor trailer carrying cattle Tuesday night.

Palmyra Fire Chief Gary Crane said the driver blew a tire in the northbound lanes just south of the Wilco gas station and the trailer caught fire.

Crane said six head of cattle are dead from fire and smoke, and several other cows had to be off-loaded.

The fire caused damage to the tractor trailer and burned through the floor.

Crane said no people were hurt. Both north and southbound lanes were temporarily reduced down to one lane in that area while crews cleaned the highway.

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