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Engine fire slows traffic on I-5

Posted: May 13, 2008 5:35 p.m.
Updated: July 14, 2008 5:01 a.m.

An 18-wheeler big rig truck travelling on southbound Interstate 5 near McBean Parkway caught fire just before noon on Tuesday, disrupting the flow of traffic on the I-5 and nearby surface streets.

 
An 18-wheeler big rig truck travelling on southbound Interstate 5 near McBean Parkway caught fire just before noon on Tuesday.

The right two lanes just north of the McBean Parkway offramp were shut down as fire crews quickly put out the fire. Within 30 minutes of the fire, traffic along southbound I-5 was backed up as far north as Newhall Ranch Road.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the engine caught on fire as the truck was travelling on the freeway. However, the driver was able to safely pull over to the right shoulder before the driver's cabin burst into flames.

No one was injuried.

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