[Update] Freeway reopens following early-morning crash

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A big rig truck barreled through a center divider early Tuesday on the Golden State (5) Freeway and caught fire, injuring several motorists and snarling the morning commute after authorities temporarily closed all southbound traffic lanes

The truck hit five cars and launched fragments of the wall into two other vehicles as it simultaneously burst into flames, said California Highway Patrol Officer Andre Primeaux.

Two people were hospitalized with minor injuries and officials were forced to shut down all southbound lanes immediately following the collisions just north of Alameda Avenue, Primeaux said.

“It was a nasty crash,” he said.

Jose Romero, of San Diego, lost control of his big rig after he slammed on his brakes to avoid what he said was a loose tire bouncing across the freeway in the early morning darkness.

Authorities did not find a tire at the scene and could not confirm why Romero made the sudden change in direction, Primeaux said.

“It was such a violent change of events,” Primeaux said.

Romero did not appear to be intoxicated and will not be charged with a crime, although he will be cited for violating the state’s Vehicle Code, Primeaux said.

All lanes were reopened at 11:14 a.m., according to the CHP.

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Written by Zain Shauk

October 27, 2009 at 7:54 am

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