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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

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