A truck hauling about 26,000 pounds of motor oil burst into flames on Interstate 10 just outside of Desert Center Sunday, requiring a hazmat team to clean up spilled oil from the roadway.
The California Highway Patrol reported that the truck’s trailer was fully engulfed in flames at 12:32 a.m. on the eastbound side of the freeway just west of Eagle Mountain Road.
A Sigalert was issued and both lanes of the freeway toward Arizona were shut down while firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze, according to a CHP report.
It was not clear how much oil spilled out of the trailer, but the CHP said some of it ended up in a ravine south of the fire site.
A hazmat crew was called to assess the scene and clean up any spilled contaminants, the CHP incident report noted.
There were no reports of injuries and all lanes reopened by 8:15 a.m.
–City News Service