Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette A military vehicle caught fire on South Main St. in Leitchfield Thursday, causing major traffic congestion.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

A military vehicle caught fire on South Main St. in Leitchfield Thursday, causing major traffic congestion.

Just after noon on Thursday, an Army vehicle caught fire in the turning lane on South Main Street in Leitchfield.

The vehicle was returning military equipment to the Wendell H. Ford Traning Center in Greenville, Kentucky on the Western Kentucky Parkway, when Army personnel in the vehicle smelled smoke.

Military personnel said they thought the smell was just a field fire, but when we pulled off the parkway, smoke started coming through the vents.

The driver stopped the vehicle in the turing lane in front of Auto Smart, and all of the military personnel in the vehicle were able to exit before it caught fire; however, hey were unable to put the fire out with fire extinguishers.

Southbound traffic was completely blocked by the Leitchfield Fire Department and Grayson County EMS. Northbound traffic was directed by the Grayson County Sheriff's Office, and southbound traffic was directed by Leitchfield Police Department.

After extiguishing the fire, the LFD cleaned up the oil and gasoline that leaked from the vehicle.

A tow service from Greenville, Kentucky was dispatched to pick up the vehicle and take it back to Greenville.