OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A motorist escaped safely Sunday morning after a Subaru Forester caught fire in the eastbound first bore of the Caldecott Tunnel, briefly shutting down traffic, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Car fire in the Caldecott Tunnel, Aug. 11, 2019. (Photos via CHP)

The fire occurred at 10:36 a.m. and was quickly put out by firefighters.

The bore re-opened to traffic at 11:13 a.m.


In Nov. 2013, a car fire in the same bore of the tunnel prompted the evacuation of dozens of motorists.

In April, 1982, early-morning crashes in the Caldecott involving a car, bus and fuel tanker truck resulted in a tunnel fire that killed seven people.

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