5 Fwy in Santa Fe Springs Reopens After Big Rig Fire Prompts Lane Closures

The southbound 5 Freeway through Santa Fe Springs was open once more after all lanes were temporarily shut down during the Friday morning commute following a big rig fire, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A big rig caught fire on the 5 Freeway in Santa Fe Springs, prompting the closure of all southbound lanes ahead of the morning commute on Aug. 1, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

A big rig caught fire on the 5 Freeway in Santa Fe Springs, prompting the closure of all southbound lanes ahead of the morning commute on Aug. 1, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The big rig suddenly caught fire on the freeway just south of Florence Avenue just after 5:30 a.m., the CHP’s incident log stated.

The flames from the truck spread to a nearby construction site, CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said.

Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the flames from both the vehicle and the site.

A SigAlert was issued at about 6 a.m., and all southbound lanes were closed, according to the incident log.

Motorists were encountering major delays as a result of the closure, with traffic in the area backed up for miles, aerial video showed.

At one point, traffic was being diverted off at the Florence Avenue on-ramp and onto the 605 Freeway, the incident log stated.

Two lanes were reopened just after 9:45 a.m., and all lanes on the roadway were open again around 10:30 a.m., according to CHP.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the big rig to catch fire, but according to Villalobos, the vehicle was not involved in a collision.

No injuries were reported.


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