A spectacular vehicle fire in the westbound lanes of the Century (105) Freeway near the Crenshaw Boulevard exit in Hawthorne Friday has prompted the closure of all lanes of traffic in both directions at Prairie Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officers responded about 5:15 a.m., according to CHP Officer Dion Conley. It’s unclear how long the closure will remain in effect, he said.
The vehicle is a tanker truck, according to broadcast media. Los Angeles County firefighters are on scene.
Metro has suspended train service between the Hawthorne/Lennox and Vermont/Athens stations due to the fire, Metro spokesman Jose Ubaldo said, adding bus bridges will be provided for passengers.
If passengers need to travel through that area immediately, Ubaldo said they should take bus line 204 or 754 to get around the closed stations.
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