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Tractor-trailer catches fire on transition to 110 Freeway in South L.A.; driver badly burned

May 14, 2011 | 12:55 pm

A tractor trailer caught fire on the transition from the eastbound 91 Freeway to the southbound 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles on Saturday, leaving the driver severely burned.

City and county fire crews extinguished the fire in 15 minutes, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott.

The tractor-trailer was emitting flames and plumes of smoke, and setting fire to brush along the side of the road. 

California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs said initial reports indicate the trailer hit a wall on the right side of the transition road several times and ended up on the 190th Street off-ramp.

The fire was first reported to the CHP just before noon, and the fire crew was dispatched to the scene. At 12:17 p.m., the CHP issued a SigAlert for the southbound 110 near the Interstate 405 interchange and the 190th Street off-ramp for about two hours. Officials also reported that fuel had spilled on the roadway.

-- Esmeralda Bermudez in South Los Angeles, and Rong-Gong Lin II in Los Angeles