By Brian Day, November 15, 2013
For the second time in two days, a flaming big rig brought the
afternoon commute through the San Gabriel Valley to a crawl Friday, this
time in Irwindale, authorities said.
No injuries were reported in
connection with the fire, which ignited about 5:15 p.m. in the
westbound lanes of the 210 Freeway at the 605 Freeway, California
Highway Patrol Officer Tony Polizzi said.
Callers first reported
seeing a big rig disabled and on fire in the No. 3 lane of traffic, the
officer said. Subsequent callers reported the fire grew until the truck
was fully engulfed.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 20 minutes, according to CHP logs. The cause was unclear.
initially shut down all but the carpool lane as they extinguished the
fire and removed the scorched truck from the roadway. A little over an
hour later, the carpool and two left-hand lanes had been reopened.