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Burning big rig in Stockton jams up NB I-5

11:47 AM, May 24, 2011   |    comments
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STOCKTON, CA - A fiery, smoky wreck on northbound Interstate 5 in north Stockton halted all but the left lane of traffic for several hours Tuesday morning.

A moving van overturned at Eight Mile Road and caught fire, says the California Highway Patrol. The truck was left a smouldering, blackened ruin but was mostly off to the side of the road.

News10's Tim Daly said flames appeared to spread to Oak Grove Regional Park abutting the freeway. He said traffic was very backed-up.

The CHP says the truck driver and a passenger suffered minor injuries in the crash. The rig was headed to Fairfield with a load of household items.

The CHP blamed inattention on the part of the truck driver for the wreck.

A spokesman for the Stockton Fire Department said crews were concerned about diesel spilled from the truck flowing into the storm drainage system.

A passenger car stopped crossways to traffic near the crash scene was a separate incident, says the CHP.

The overturn was reported at 8:12 a.m.


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