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December 19, 2014

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Vice presidential motorcade closes freeway, snarls traffic

Portions of the 215 Beltway in Henderson and headed west to McCarran International Airport were closed this afternoon for the motorcade of Vice President Joe Biden, who was speaking in Las Vegas.

The beltway has since been reopened and backups were starting to clear on the freeway and on surrounding roads, including U.S. 95 at the beltway and the Airport Connector.

Meanwhile, Interstate 15 North near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was closed after a tractor-trailer caught fire, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

The fire, which was reported at 1:06 p.m., did not involved any other vehicles, and nobody was hurt, Trooper Jeremie Elliott said.

The Highway Patrol reported shortly before 2 p.m. that the far left lane was open but warned drivers to exercise caution and expect delays.

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