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Flames tear through tractor-trailer on highway

A tractor-trailer truck was damaged by flames on Interstate 295 north in Smithfield Friday, March 17, 2017. (NBC 10 News viewer photo)

A tractor-trailer truck was damaged by flames on Interstate 295 north in Smithfield Friday.

Rhode Island State Police told NBC 10 News that a mechanical issue caused the fire, which started around 6:45 p.m. near exit 8.

While authorities said the trailer was mostly untouched, the tractor burned to a crisp.

Police said traffic was backed up for three quarters of a mile for approximately 45 minutes.

No one was injured,according to authorities.

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