ORINDA (CBS SF) — Traffic was flowing normally through the Caldecott Tunnel after a car fire in the tunnel’s first bore Friday morning filled the tunnel with smoke, prompted the evacuation of dozens of motorists and passengers and sent eight people to the hospital.
All lanes along eastbound Highway 24 through the Caldecott Tunnel reopened around 1:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
The closure occurred after a 1988 Acura Legend caught fire and became engulfed in flames about two-thirds of the way into the eastbound bore of the tunnel near the Orinda side at 9:49 a.m., according to the CHP.
The fire filled the tunnel with smoke and clouded visibility. Motorists in the tunnel stopped their cars and about 50 people evacuated through the bore’s Oakland entrance with the help of firefighters, Oakland fire Battalion Chief Lisa Baker said.