Tags: bay | bridge | fire | traffic

Truck Fire on Bay Bridge Backs Up Traffic in San Francisco

By    |   Monday, 05 August 2013 05:33 PM

A semi-truck fire on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge Monday caused massive traffic delays as vehicles backed up while the fire was put out.

The truck driver apparently said that he pulled over on the bridge to change a tire about 5:45 a.m. when he realized his engine was on fire, the San Francisco Gate reported. He jumped out and ran away from the truck, which became completely consumed by the flames.

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

Online photos and footage showed a fireball rising in the air above the bridge, and it was reported that two lanes were blocked as fire crews worked to control the fire, the Gate said.

KGO-TV reported that two westbound lanes on the bridge remained closed Monday afternoon as officials tried to clear the truck remains off the road.

The television station reported that truck driver Sergio Mata said the fire happened really quickly, surprising him. He felt a “wobbly tire” and thought maybe the tire heated up and spread to the engine compartment, starting the fire.

The truck was carrying sushi, rice, and vinegar.

California Highway Patrol Officer Laura Clare said the truck was heavy because of all the water sprayed on the fire and it was going to take a long time to cut it in half and clear the road, KGO-TV said.

The accident happened on the morning that a BART strike was supposed to begin, although it was called off. It was a good thing, too, the Gate said, because thousands of extra cars would have been on the road and the bridge traffic would have been unusually high.

As it was, it took commuters about an hour longer to cross the bridge because of the accident, the Gate said.

Latest: Do You Support Giving Illegals Citizenship? Vote Here Now

Related stories:

Truck Shuts Down Bridge in New York City After Catching Fire, Exploding

Scotch – 6,000 Gallons of It – Catches Fire and Burns on New Jersey Road

© 2019 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

1Like our page
A semi-truck fire on San Francisco's Bay Bridge Monday caused massive traffic delays as vehicles backed up while the fire was put out.
Monday, 05 August 2013 05:33 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved