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Stolen Big Rig Loses Tire, Catches Fire, Ending Chase

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A stolen big rig was fully engulfed in flames, burning on lanes of the 5 Freeway in the Lake Hughes area Thursday afternoon at the end of a slow-speed chase.

The chase began around 12:45 p.m. in Kern County, before entering LA County.

It wasn't clear how the chase began, but the driver may have been connected to a robbery.

The driver was traveling at about 15 mph, before the rig lost a tire and caught fire.

The rig was a burnt husk by 3:30 p.m., and all traffic on the south 5 Freeway was at a standstill.

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