Big rig truck crashes on I-15, catches fire

Posted at 5:30 AM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 14:31:21-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A big rig truck overturned on southbound Interstate 15 and burst into flames in the Mira Mesa area Thursday morning, injuring the driver and causing a major backup on the freeway.

The crash happened just before 4:20 a.m. on the southbound lanes near Mira Mesa Boulevard.

The emergency response to the crash and subsequent fire prompted the closure of two southbound lanes. The southbound I-15 HOV lanes were also shut down as crews tried to douse the flames and clear the scene.

At about 7:50 a.m., officials reopened all southbound I-15 lanes in the area. The HOV lanes, however, remained closed until just before 9:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

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10News learned the driver Jose Torres was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He told 10News he was drinking coffee and listening to the radio right before the crash occurred.

"The truck just veered left on me. I don't know if we got a (tire) blowout or what, but next thing you know I'm in the guardrail and the truck is turning over. I smell the flames, and I'm trying to get out of there," Torres said.

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Crews offloaded fuel from the truck before towing away whatever was left of the big rig. Sand was placed over the spilled fuel to help with the cleanup.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.