Local

Update: Some lanes of Highway 50 reopen after fire forced total closure in Sacramento

A vehicle fire burning in the center divider of U.S. Highway 50 east of Sacramento following a multi-vehicle collision, sending black smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles early Monday afternoon.

All lanes of traffic in both directions were temporarily closed at Bradshaw Road around 2 p.m. due to the fire, according to the California Highway Patrol incident page and Caltrans on Twitter. All lanes of eastbound traffic reopened at about 4:20 p.m. and two lanes of westbound traffic reopened about 2:30 p.m., according to the CHP and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.

The fire involved a van or box truck catching fire, according to the CHP incident page. About four other vehicles were involved in the crash, the CHP said.

Caltrans traffic cameras showed large amounts of smoke spewing from the middle of the freeway just before 2 p.m. Traffic was halted in both directions at that time, congested between east Sacramento and Rancho Cordova.

Metro Fire said in a tweet that injuries have been reported, but the severity and number of injured people were not immediately known.

No estimated time of full reopening was given.

Related stories from Sacramento Bee

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.
  Comments