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.

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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