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Big rig catches fire on 405 Freeway in Sepulveda Pass

July 5, 2011 |  2:34 pm

Traffic is beginning to move again after the southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass were closed Tuesday afternoon when a big rig caught fire, officials said.

The California Highway Patrol was notified at 1:17 p.m. that a big rig on the right shoulder of the freeway near Skirball Center Drive was “fully engulfed” in flames.

Firefighters responded, and all lanes were closed on the southbound side along with the carpool lane of the northbound side.

Most of the lanes have since been reopened, CHP officials said, though two lanes of the southbound freeway remained closed.

No injuries were reported, and the CHP said the truck, which was hauling 7,500 pounds of scrap metal, had experienced mechanical trouble.

After noticing a problem, the driver pulled the vehicle over, officials said.


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Photo: The southbound 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass was temporarily shut down Tuesday due to a big-rig fire. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5