Big Rig Catches Fire, Paralyzes 5-Freeway In Commerce

By City News Service

A big rig hauling squash experienced brake failure and caught fire on the northbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway Wednesday morning, closing three of four lanes for nearly two hours, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The fire broke out around 2:40 a.m. in the area of Atlantic Boulevard, and three of four northbound freeway lanes were closed around 3 a.m. so that the rig’s cargo could be offloaded, the CHP reported.

The lanes were reopened at 4:49 a.m., but the Atlantic Boulevard offramp remained closed to allow for debris cleanup, according to the CHP. There were no reports of injuries.

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January 17, 2013  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.


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