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Big rig carrying 15 tons of frozen food catches fire on I-80, CHP says

This is what 30,000 pounds of frozen food on I-80 looks like after big rig catches fire

A big rig carrying 30,000 pounds of frozen food caught fire on Interstate 80 at Gold Run, blocking all westbound traffic Wednesday morning, authorities said.
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A big rig carrying 30,000 pounds of frozen food caught fire on Interstate 80 at Gold Run, blocking all westbound traffic Wednesday morning, authorities said.

A big rig carrying 30,000 pounds of frozen food caught fire on Interstate 80 at Gold Run, blocking all westbound traffic Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The fire broke out just past the Gold Run Road offramp on westbound I-80 about 4:30 a.m., according to CHP’s activity log, and was initially reported as a fire originating in the truck’s brakes.

The vehicle fire closed all westbound lanes at 5 a.m., with Caltrans reopening all lanes about 10:45 a.m.

CHP’s Truckee office posted photos of the burned truck and a Caltrans posted video showing a huge pile of TV dinners and debris being cleared by bulldozer along the right shoulder.

No injuries were reported.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.
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