N/B 101 Freeway remains closed downtown after big-rig fire
Transition roads from the 110 Freeway to the 101 Freeway were reopened Thursday morning after a big rig that caught fire in downtown Los Angeles closed all northbound lanes of the 101 Freeway, snarling the morning commute.
By 6:30 a.m., the northbound lanes remained closed and all traffic was being diverted to the 110 Freeway, said CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos.
Southbound lanes of the 101 Freeway were clear.
The fire was reported just before 4 a.m., when a big-rig driver lost control of his truck following a traffic collision, Villalobos said.
The big rig went into the right shoulder area and struck some objects, causing the gas tank to rupture, Villalobos said.
The truck then veered to the left and struck the center divider wall and caught on fire, he said.
CHP officials are working to clean up the fuel and reopen the northbound lanes.
The big-rig driver was able to get out of the truck and suffered only minor injuries, Villalobos said.
-- My-Thuan Tran