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Big rig crash, fire close eastbound lanes of I-80 near Boreal

A big rig burns in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 in the afternoon of Sept. 3, 2017. CHP officials said the “non-injury collision” temporarily blocked both lanes of the highway. One lane was reopened around 4:45 p.m., but authorities said it would be slow going for some time.
A big rig burns in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 in the afternoon of Sept. 3, 2017. CHP officials said the “non-injury collision” temporarily blocked both lanes of the highway. One lane was reopened around 4:45 p.m., but authorities said it would be slow going for some time. California Highway Patrol

All eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 just east of the Boreal ski resort were temporarily closed due to a single tractor-trailer truck accident and fire Sunday afternoon, according to authorities.

Photos on a California Highway Patrol Twitter post show a seemingly disabled Walmart truck stretching across the eastbound lanes. Fire is clearly visible.

In a post made shortly after 4:15 p.m., CHP called it a “non-injury truck collision.”

A 4:10 p.m. post by Caltrans District 3 likewise reported a solo big rig crash and fire blocking the eastbound lanes of I-80 “at the 60 mile turn near Donner Lake.”

CHP and Caltrans said one lane reopened at around 4:45 p.m., but officials reported slow going as the scene was being cleared. At 6:40 p.m., Caltrans reported that all eastbound lanes had reopened.

Officials said the driver of the truck was not injured, and the cause of the big rig fire is being investigated.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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