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Big-rig with 250 gallons of fuel burns on I-15 near Barstow

December 13, 2011 |  9:24 pm

Big rig was burning by Fort Irwin in this area
A big-rig carrying 250 gallons of highly explosive fuel was burning Tuesday night on Interstate 15 east of Barstow in San Bernardino County, authorities said.

The driver escaped, the California Highway Patrol said. The CHP shut down the interstate near Fort Irwin Road as rescue crews responded.

The fire was reported at 7:30 p.m., the CHP said. The agency initially said the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames but later reported that only the cab was ablaze.

It was unclear whether anyone else was inside the vehicle and whether the driver was injured.

No other details were immediately available.


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Map shows area where big rig was burning. Credit: Google Maps