Multiple big rig crashes and rain-slicked freeways created a nightmare for Southern California commuters Thursday.
A big rig that burst into flames on the northbound 101 Freeway in Hollywood Hills was among the wrecks creating long delays for drivers.
The incident was reported just before 5 a.m. near Mulholland Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic incident log.
The big rig apparently struck the center divider and caught fire after coming to a stop across several lanes, a CHP spokesperson at the scene told KTLA.
Another vehicle may have been involved in the crash, but the cause was still under investigation
The big rig driver was expected to be OK after the crash, the spokesperson said.
A SigAlert was issued for several northbound lanes.
The 101 Freeway reopened just after 10:15 a.m., the CHP tweeted.
In the Eagle Rock area near Pasadena, a big rig crash on the eastbound 134 Freeway left the truck’s trailer on an embankment below.
This crash involved at least one other vehicle and prompted officials to close multiple lanes.
Officials stated that two lanes were still closed as of about 9:15 a.m.
The freeway was completely reopened just before 11 a.m.
The extent of any injuries resulting from the crash were unknown.
A third big rig crash left the westbound 118 Freeway closed at Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Chatsworth.
All lanes were shut down following the crash and traffic was being diverted off the freeway for several hours. The freeway has since reopened.
The collisions occurred as a storm moved into the region overnight, however CHP officials reminded drivers that they are responsible for keeping the roadways safe.
Coastal and valley areas are expected to receive 1 to 2 inches of rain before skies clear up. Mountain areas are forecast to get 2 to 3 inches.
The rainy weather is expected to continue through most of the day Thursday and possibly into Friday morning.