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Friday, November 15, 2013

Flaming big rig brings 210 Freeway traffic to a halt in Irwindale

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20131115/flaming-big-rig-brings-210-freeway-traffic-to-a-halt-in-irwindale

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.

Officials 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.