A pickup truck that plunged off the Moreno Valley (60) Freeway and overturned in a ditch Friday triggered a brush fire that caused major traffic disruptions.

The crash was reported about 2:35 p.m. on the westbound 60, between Nason Street and Perris Boulevard in Moreno Valley, the California Highway Patrol said.

The agency said several vehicles were involved in a minor collision that caused the pickup to veer out of control and go down an embankment.

The driver suffered moderate injuries but was able to escape from the truck, which caught fire under the hood within seconds, the CHP said.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, the flames spread to surrounding vegetation, threatening homes adjacent to the freeway.

The CHP shut down two of three lanes on the westbound 60, as firefighters worked to contain the brusher. A SigAlert was issued about 3 p.m. because of the closure and ensuing congestion.

By 3:10 p.m., the blaze was under control and no homes or other structures were damaged.

The injured motorist was taken to nearby Riverside University Medical Center for treatment.

Firefighters were expected to remain at the scene, mopping up, until 6 p.m.

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