BERKELEY (CBS SF) — A fire that destroyed the cab of a big rig on eastbound I-80 in Berkeley closed lanes of the busy freeway for almost two hours, creating a massive late-morning traffic jam Monday.
The fire was first reported at about 11 a.m. when flames were seen coming from the cab of the big rig on I-80 near the Ashby Avenue exit. The truck pulled over and ignited several trees on the side of the freeway.
Fire department units from Berkeley and Alameda County responded to the fire and were able to put it out, but clean up of the big rig forced the closure of the three right lanes of the freeway.
The fire was intense enough to completely destroy the roof of the tractor-trailer cab. So far, there were no reports of injury
A massive traffic back-up was stretching into Oakland for eastbound traffic on I-80. As of about 12:15 p.m., the lane closure was reduced to just the far right lane.
Shortly before 1 p.m., all lanes were reopened. Motorists are advised to expect residual delays in the area.