A tanker truck caught fire on the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway in Irwindale this morning, injuring one person and causing a shutdown of the freeway in both directions, authorities said.
The crash at Irwindale Avenue was reported at 3:32 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos.
The truck was fully engulfed in flames in the center divider of the freeway, he said, adding that it was unclear when the fire broke out. The rig’s driver was able to get out the cab, Villalobos said.
One person was injured, but there were no immediate reports of anyone being taken to a hospital, said Rey Dong, a Los Angeles County Fire Department supervising dispatcher.
The crash initially closed the freeway in both directions, Villalobos said.
Four eastbound lanes were reopened around 4:20 a.m., and three westbound lanes were reopened about 20 minutes later, leaving the carpool lanes in either direction and one westbound main lane closed, he said.
An initial report indicated that the tanker was hauling some kind of cement slurry, Villalobos said.