Bay Bridge reopens after truck fire snarls traffic

A truck fire caused by faulty brakes closed the eastbound span of the Bay Bridge Sunday evening, according to Maryland Transportation Authority.

With fire crews on the scene, traffic was held on the southern span at about 7 p.m., officials said. The MDTA tweeted around 7:40 p.m. that the westbound span was being set up to operate with two-way traffic to accommodate eastbound travelers.

The southern span was reopened at 5:20 a.m. Monday, according to MDTA spokesman Tamory Winfield. The cause of the delay was damage to the pavement, which construction crews repaired overnight, Winfield added.

There were no injuries, and the bridge deck suffered no damage, Winfield said.

A photo submitted to The Sun showed the cab of a tractor trailer on fire with a thick plume of black smoke blowing toward the Eastern Shore.

Sun reporters Jonathan Pitts and Joe Burris contributed to this report.

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