Tow truck bursts into flames while towing disabled vehicle on I-26

A reader stuck in traffic on Interstate 26 Wednesday afternoon snapped this image of a tow truck ablaze. The tow truck had been responding to a disabled vehicle. Another tow truck had to be called.

Traffic on Interstate 26 westbound was slowed this afternoon when two lanes were closed after a tow truck burst into flames, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The patrols' website indicated a disabled vehicle at mile marker 214 at 2:43 p.m. Around 3 p.m., the website also indicated a vehicle fire in the same area. Previous reports had incorrectly said the tow truck that burst into flames had been responding to the disabled vehicle call..

Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant confirmed that the vehicle on fire was a tow truck. A second tow truck had to be called.

Two lanes were closed as fire and emergency vehicles responded.

Traffic was still backed up at 3:45 p.m., according to reports. By 4:15 p.m., traffic was reported to have been moving in all lanes.

Because of incorrect information provided to The Post and Courier, previous versions of this story incorrectly described the circumstances of the tow truck. The driver was towing a vehicle when the tow truck suddenly burst into flames.