ELLIS COUNTY -- About 40,000 pounds of avocados spilled across Interstate 35E south of Waxahachie Thursday afternoon when the big rig hauling them crashed and caught fire.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is on the scene of the crash, which happened in the city of Forreston in the northbound lanes of I-35E. The cause of the incident, which resulted in the 18-wheeler going up in flames, hasn't been released.

DPS hasn't revealed the driver's condition.

HD Chopper 8 witnessed crates of avocados spilled all over the interstate. Traffic is snarled in the area and drivers are being diverted.

The cleanup will have I-35E closed for several hours.