UPDATE: 210 West Clear After Big Rig Fire

The driver was uninjured.

Correction: Earlier reports initially said the accident was on the 210 east. The accident was on the 210 West. Patch regrets this error.

UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: The accident is cleared and all lanes reopened, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. The big rig driver managed to evacuate the big rig before it caught fire and did suffer any injuries, she added.

The accident prompted the CHP to shutdown at least two lanes. CalTrans also came on scene to clean up diesel spillage from the incident, Derderian said.

UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: The CHP reports the accident is still not cleared.

Original: A big rig fire has slowed Thursday traffic on the west 210 Freeway just before the Sierra Madre exit. The incident occurred around noon.

Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said the big rig is fully engulfed in flames and additional units from Arcadia are also on scene.

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

Alice Parkinson December 20, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Saw this on ABC. They were in Arcadia covering the bomb scare in north parking outside of JC Penny's when they saw the smoke. Just b/4 noon.
Natalie Ragus (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 08:48 PM
It's been a wild day so far for the AFD!!! We're getting an update on the mall situation soon. I'm trying to get updates on both incidents at the moment.
Donna Roberts December 20, 2012 at 08:53 PM
East side of the freeway? Sigalert.com says it's the WESTbound 210. Your headline is either wrong or misleading. Maybe it's on the NORTH SIDE of the WESTbound 210?
Natalie Ragus (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Hey Donna. I'll check on that. This is what I was told from an eye-witness.
KathyKP December 20, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I was in that traffic and saw the semi. West-bound 210 just before Sierra Madre Boulevard. The truck was totally melted. I've never seen anything like it. Hope the driver got out safely.
Pat Pattabhiraman December 20, 2012 at 10:02 PM
These guys/gals don't even know the directions and they are telling people about the location of the fire / it is really a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please find out whether these reporters are really qualified to do the job they were hired and getting paid!!! or just a 'pat' in the back to return the 'favors' , you know what I mean???????
Natalie Ragus (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Pat, I apologize for the error. I was called by someone driving on the freeway, and was told it was on the east side. You can be assured that reporters HATE errors with a passion and do our best to avoid them.
Jessica Hamlin December 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Hi Pat, Thank you so much for weighing in. Not sure what you mean by "'pat' in the back," but I am the one who incorrectly told Natalie it was on the Eastbound 210. I was driving on the 210 West on my way to an appointment, which I was late for due to the traffic, while trying to reach one of my Patch colleagues to tell them about the traffic and fire and take quick photos of the scene with my iPhone. In the rush I incorrectly said, "210 East." I've lived in this area for about 10 years so I am well aware of the 210 freeway but made a mistake. Sincere apologies to everyone who was confused or frustrated by the error.
Donna Evans (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Kudos, Jessica!
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Jessica Hamlin front and center: You were driving and talking and trying to take pictures? And you are so concerned about making a mistake in report? Holy Smokes gal, you strain at a gnat and swallow a camel...Put the electronic toys away and pay attention to driving...OK ?
Karen December 21, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Must be tough for all these perfect people to live in this world with the rest of us.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 21, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Not tough, but irritating.
Patrizzi Intergalactica December 21, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Attention residents of Alhambra, Azusa, Bladwin Park, Cerritos, Claremont, Covina, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Duarte, Glendora, La Puente, Monterey Park, San Marino and South Gate! Dangerous major truck accidents and worse is what we can expect unless we do something. Barbara Messina has invested 28 years positioning herself on commissions and committees to punish and suppress any opposition to the expansion of the 710 project, especially Ara Najarian who was (until last week) on the METRO Board.  Messina, the Mayor of Alhambra greatest wish is to accomplish her dream of the 710 Freeway so she's rallied committee members to kick anyone out that stands in the way of adding more lanes to the 710, attracting more traffic to the 710/210/134/5 fwys (causing greater density in emissions) and her favorite thing is -the tunnel-. The tunnel is a multi-billion $ twin-bore double decker 2x 4.5 mi length, no exit, TOLLway and built large enough to accommodate TRUCKS (the big rigs) TUNNEL--in an earthquake zone, a major hospital zone, intruding into the Arroyo Seco aquifers, and bringing direct harm to the residents of El Sereno, Alhambra, Monterey Park, Highland Park, Garvanza, South Pasadena, Pasadena, Arcadia, Duarte... all along the routes. Please join in a letter writing campaign to stop this horrific nonsense. Send a letter to your mayor today. Tell your city representatives to renominate Mayor Najarian to the Metro Board of Directors.
Natalie Ragus (Editor) December 21, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Robert, I get the impression you're implying that you're perfect HA :)
Patrizzi Intergalactica December 21, 2012 at 04:22 PM
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL! PLEASE EMAIL YOUR SUPPORT FOR ARA NAJARIAN TO REMAIN ON MTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS. TODAY'S CALL TO ACTION FLASH MOB EMAILS TO METRO & CALTRANS: MTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS/EXECUTIVES EMAILS/CALTRANS DIRECTOR: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa - mayor@lacity.org Mike Antonovich: fifthdistrict@lacbos.org Diane DuBois - kheit@gatewaycog.org Richard Katz - Katzr@scrra.net John Fasana - john.fasana@gmail.com Gloria Molina - molina@bos.lacounty.gov Mark Ridley-Thomas - drosenfeld@bos.lacounty.gov Pam O'Connor - Pam.Oconnor@smgov.net Zev Yaroslavsky - zev@bos.lacounty.gov Don Knabe/Rick Velasquez - rvelasquez@lacbos.org or Join Don on FB. Jose Huizar - Councilmember.Huizar@lacity.org Arthur T. Leahy (CEO Metro) - lacitywib@lacity.org Malcolm Dougherty - Caltrans.Director@dot.ca.gov
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 21, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Hi Nat: Completely tongue in cheek, but I sure did make a good point in being busy while driving in "heavy traffic"
Patrizzi Intergalactica December 21, 2012 at 04:40 PM
This is a form of what I sent to the email addresses: December 21, 2012 Dear Metro Board of Directors and Executives, RE: Los Angeles City Selection Committee vote to confirm the nomination of Mayor Ara Najarian, Glendale to the seat on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors. The City Selection Committee recently rejected the renomination of Ara Najarian to the Metro Board of Directors. Mr. Narajian represents the best interest on behalf of the San Fernando and San Gabriel valley regions by opposing the 710 tunnel and expansions. I do not support the efforts of Alhambra Mayor Barbara Messina and Duarte City Council Member John Fasana to inappropriately exert influence over the vote of cities they do not represent, and for themselves, in not protecting their own residents health and quality of life. Thank You ,  name address
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 21, 2012 at 04:56 PM
THOT: Encourage Mayor Messina to take more walks on the freeways.
Patrizzi Intergalactica December 21, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Heh! That'd make a good letter to Granny.
Patrizzi Intergalactica December 21, 2012 at 09:02 PM


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