By City News Service
A big rig collision and fire closed the westbound lanes of the Foothill (210) Freeway in La Crescenta for more than five hours early Tuesday.
California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said the collision occurred around 12:05 a.m. on the freeway, just east of the Lowell Boulevard off-ramp.
The collision occurred when a big rig rear-ended another that had slowed down unexpectedly, Villalobos said.
The impact ignited both the tractor and its load of wooden pallets, burning the tractor to the ground, Villalobos said.
Both drivers escaped unharmed, and there were no other injuries, Villalobos said.
Westbound lanes of the 210 were closed between Lowell and the Pennsylvania Avenue offramps, Villalobos said, but were expected to open by 6:30 a.m., with a single lane possibly opening as early as 5.30 a.m.