405 Freeway Lanes Reopen After Big Rig Fire

The fire occurred on the same stretch of road that is the focus of an upcoming weekend-long closure


In a brief preview of the planned 405 Freeway closure -- aka, "Carmageddon" -- crews closed the southbound freeway's lanes Tuesday afternoon because of a big rig fire.

The southbound 405 Freeway was closed for about 30 minutes as crews cleaned up after the fire, which was just before Mulholland Drive. 

The fire was reported at 1:17 p.m., and all lanes were closed at about 1:30 p.m.

The carpool and two other lanes were reopened at 1:50 p.m. The wreckage of the truck was on the shoulder of the freeway, allowing crews to reopen the lanes.

The driver of the big rig was not injured. The vehicle was hauling about 7,500 pounds of scrap metal.

The freeway is scheduled for a weekend-long closure during the weekend of July 15 when crews will work on replacing the Mulholland bridge.


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