All Lanes of 15 Freeway Reopen in Lake Elsinore Following Gas Tanker Fire - NBC Southern California

All Lanes of 15 Freeway Reopen in Lake Elsinore Following Gas Tanker Fire

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    Tanker Truck Fire Backs Up 15 Freeway Into the Night

    Traffic was still backed up at 11 p.m. at night after a tanker truck caught fire on the 15 Freeway early in the day. Gadi Schwartz reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015)

    All lanes of the Corona (15) Freeway in Lake Elsinore reopened in time for the Wednesday morning commute following a gas tanker fire that forced both sides of the highway to be shut down, the California Highway Patrol said.

    Mile after mile of red tail lights from drivers stuck on the freeway were still visible from NewsChopper4 at 11 p.m. Tuesday - nearly 10 hours after the fire was reported.

    The freeway reopened between Lake Street and Nichols Road just before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, the CHP reported.

    Morning commuters had been warned to plan alternate routes.

    Tanker Fire Causes Massive Freeway Backup

    [LA] Tanker Fire Causes Massive Freeway Backup
    Traffic was backed up for miles after a tanker truck caught fire on the 15 Freeway. Tony Shin reports for the NBC4 News at 5 & 6 on Dec. 1, 2015.
    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015)

    The fire was reported at 1:05 p.m. on the right shoulder of the freeway north of Nichols Road. The tanker was reportedly carrying 8,700 gallons of fuel when a tire shredded, contributing to the fire, according to the CHP.

    All traffic was diverted off the freeway at Lake Street in the afternoon, according to CHP logs.

    The fire was so intense, it melted the truck down on lanes.

    Tanker Erupts in Flames on 15 Freeway

    [LA] Tanker Erupts in Flames on 15 Freeway
    A tanker truck carrying 8,700 gallons of gasoline caught fire on the 15 Freeway in Lake Elsinore Dec. 1, 2015.
    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015)

    No injuries were immediately reported.

    Traffic was bumper-to-bumper at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
     

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