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Driver involved in gas-tanker fire charged with drunk driving

April 8, 2012 | 10:26 am

The driver of a vehicle that rear-ended a gas tanker causing a massive fire that closed the 134 Freeway late Saturday was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to the CHP.

The fire erupted shortly after 11 p.m. when the tanker's rear trailer was struck from behind by a Honda traveling at a high rate of speed, CHP Officer Ed Jacobs said. The car was heading west, east of the 5 Freeway.

The tanker struck a guardrail and overturned, bursting into flames along the shoulder underneath the 134 connector to southbound 5, the CHP said. The car was also engulfed in flames.

Both drivers, and a passenger in the Honda, scrambled to safety and were not injured.

The blaze shut down the freeway overnight. Eastbound lanes were open Sunday morning.

The driver of the Honda, a 25-year-old Glendale man, was tested and later arrested for driving while intoxicated. His name has not been released.

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