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Big rig fire snarls traffic on westbound 10 in Baldwin Park

October 18, 2012 |  6:56 am

Approximate location of incident shown in red.

A big rig that caught fire in the San Gabriel Valley and one that overturned in the San Fernando Valley caused several freeway lane closures and traffic backups Thursday morning.

California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs said a big rig caught fire on the westbound 10 Freeway at Puente Avenue in Baldwin Park just after 5 a.m., causing authorities to close all but one lane and snarling traffic.

Neither the driver nor anyone else was injured but Jacobs assessed the residual congestion from the fire as “pretty significant.”

About 20 minutes later, a big rig overturned on the Tujunga Avenue onramp to the westbound 101 Freeway in North Hollywood, Jacobs said. That driver also was not hurt, but authorities closed the onramp and two lanes of the freeway so they could work on righting the truck.

At about 6:15 a.m., Jacobs said the onramp and lanes would “be closed for a couple hours, probably.” That accident is not causing as many traffic problems because it’s in the opposite direction of the normal morning flow, Jacobs said.

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Map: Approximate location of incident shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

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