Fire On Bay Bridge Causes Huge Spectacle, Major Traffic Delays

Dan Evon - Author

Aug. 5 2013, Updated 1:30 p.m. ET

A fire on the bay bridge caused a major headache for San Francisco commuters today.

According to the SF Gate, a big-rig truck caught fire while driving across the bay bridge in San Francisco. The accident forced two westbound lanes on Interstate 80 to be shut down for most of the morning.

No one was injured in the incident.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Laura Clare said that the truck driver pulled his vehicle over to the side of the road when he realized that he had a flat tire. The driver then noticed that the engine was on fire.

The driver abandoned the vehicle as the truck became fully engulfed in flames. Clare said that the truck and its cargo, groceries from Castro Valley, were completed destroyed in the fire.

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The incident happened early this morning but according to NBC the traffic has been nightmarish all day.

Authorities said that the trip across the bridge was taking an hour longer than normal at 9 am. Officials were still working to remove the truck by 3 pm this afternoon.

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CHP Officer Kevin Bartlett told commuters that they were lucky that the BART strike ended before the fire on the bay bridge.

Bartlett said: “That would have kind of perfect timing for it… Perfect in bizarro world.”

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