Route 33 car fire melts vehicle, closes overpass (UPDATE)

Route 33 car fire

A car fire closed Route 33 North as crews worked to put out the flames on Aug. 3, 2021.Photo courtesy Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Company | For lehighvalleylive.com

A Route 33 car fire Tuesday turned a vehicle into a charred metal skeleton and closed the highway and an overpass.

Crews with the Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Co. were called for the car blaze a little before noon on Route 33 North under the Church Road overpass, near the Route 22 interchange.

Police closed down the highway as crews put out the fire. A charred frame and engine, and tires melted off of the rims were all that was left. No one was injured in the blaze, Pennsylvania State Police said.

First responders cleared the scene by 12:52 p.m., according to PennDOT.

The Church Road overpass was closed to traffic while Pennsylvania Department of Transportation bridge crews inspected the overpass to ensure there was no damage, the fire company said.

By 2 p.m. the inspection was complete, no damage was found on the overpass and Church Road reopened to traffic, a PennDOT spokesman said.

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Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@lehighvalleylive.com.