Freeway explosion: Tanker truck's brakes may have sparked fire
California Highway Patrol Officer Luis Mendoza said the driver abandoned the truck after a blaze engulfed the first of two fuel tanks. They don't know what caused the truck to catch fire but speculated that the truck's brakes may have caused the blaze.
The flaming vehicle was stopped underneath the Paramount Boulevard overpass in Montebello. The heat of the fire caused concrete blocks to fall onto the freeway.
Authorities closed the entire 60 Freeway at 12:20 p.m., saying smoke from the fire was toxic.
There were no injuries in the collision or fire, and Mendoza said the blaze was 80% contained at about 2 p.m., though crews were still battling flames.
Traffic is being diverted in both directions while the firefighters work to contain the blaze. All lanes are closed and are not expected to open in time for the evening commute. It's unclear whether they will be open by morning, he said.
Eastbound traffic is being rerouted to Garfield and Wilcox avenues while westbound traffic is being redirected to San Gabriel Boulevard.
-- Ari Bloomekatz and Angel Jennings
Photo: A tanker truck burns beneath the Paramount overpass on the eastbound 60 Freeway in Montebello.
Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times