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Dramatic tanker fire on L.A. freeway caught on tape; eastbound 134 reopens

April 8, 2012 |  7:34 am

This post has been updated. See note below.

Several motorists took videos of a massive tanker truck fire on the 134 Freeway on Saturday night.

One video by shows a tower of flames shooting from the tanker and fire moving down an off-ramp.

A second video shows crews trying to battle the blaze. The fire erupted shortly after 11 p.m. when the tanker's rear trailer was struck by a car traveling at a high rate of speed, CHP Officer Ed Jacobs said. The tanker overturned and burst into flames on a highway overpass at Interstate 5.

The flames engulfed both the truck and the car, though neither driver was hurt in the blaze. About 150 firefighters responded, from the Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale fire departments, and needed more than an hour to put out the blaze. No firefighters were injured.

[Updated at 7:59 a.m. April 8: The driver of the car, a 25-year-old Glendale man, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, the CHP said. His name was not immediately released.]

According to the California Department of Transportation, the eastbound 134 had reopened Sunday morning.


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