Truck fire leads to chain reaction crash

Posted at 11:43 PM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 08:36:36-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A burning semi-truck led to a chain reaction crash on state Route 52 in the Scripps Ranch area.

Emergency crews responded to a semi-truck on fire on westbound SR-52 near Santo Road just before 11 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities said the truck was destroyed as a result of multiple explosions.

The driver was able to exit the truck without injury, 10News learned.

As the truck was on fire on the shoulder of the freeway, a silver Toyota Prius came to a complete stop in the No. 2 lane to view the burning truck.

Moments later, a green car crashed into the back of the parked Prius. The Prius then drove away.

The driver of the green car got out, but at least two other vehicles ended up crashing into the damaged green car. The driver of the green car suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to put out the truck fire.

All westbound SR-52 lanes were closed for about an hour due to the fire and crashes.

Authorities are searching for the Prius that had stopped on the freeway.