Here's a story that's become a little too familiar in the greater Philadelphia area this year...

A truck fire broke out underneath the Tacony-Palmyra bridge in Philadelphia just before 5 pm. on Sunday evening. According to officials, the fire broke out around 4:40, forcing the the bridge to close in both directions.

Alarming captured video shows the black, billowing smoke rising above the bridge, as you can see down below.

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Fortunately, first responders were able to place the blaze under control, and the bridge was reopened for traffic right around 8pm. No injuries were reported, but as of Sunday evening, it's still unclear how the fire erupted.

So we can breathe a sigh of relief, especially given the crazier complications we've dealt with on Pennsylvania roads this year.

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PennDOT rendering of temporary roadway
PennDOT rendering of temporary roadway


We needn't bring up what happened to I-95 earlier this summer. Similarly, but not as severely as Tacony-Palmyra, a truck fire erupted under the I-95 overpass in June, collapsing the bridge. The truck driver tragically died, and the closure of the I-95 section had to close. Miraculously, it was reopened after only 12 days.

Then on July 10, a portion of Route 202 in King of Prussia was forced to closed after a sinkhole collapsed. After it was repaired and reopened, it was forced to close again on July 16, just days later, when the pavement began to sink.

Fingers crossed it's smooth sailing - or smooth driving, from this point on! At least for the rest of the year!

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