60 commute resumes a day after a flaming big rig shuts down freeway

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(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) – A truck hauling hydrogen caught fire on a Southern California freeway that had to be shut down in both directions while firefighters sprayed the big-rig continuously for several hours.

Authorities say the tractor-trailer’s cab caught fire shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday on State Route 60 in Hacienda Heights east of Los Angeles.

LA County fire Inspector Scott Miller says the driver escaped and told authorities the truck was hauling potentially explosive cylinders of compressed hydrogen.

Firefighters doused the visible flames quickly but had to spray the truck for hours to cool the tanks down.

Surrounding residents were told to stay indoors for several hours before the order was lifted.

The entire freeway was closed for about five hours, and all lanes were reopened shortly before midnight.

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