A big rig rolled over, caught fire and came to rest partially hanging over the edge of the eastbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway in downtown Los Angeles early Friday amid a rainstorm, blocking lanes for several hours.
The crash occurred about 3:35 a.m. near the Santa Fe Avenue exit, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Firefighters extinguished the flames in about 45 minutes, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire threatened a nearby commercial building, but the structure was not damaged, Stewart said.
The truck driver, who was not injured, got out of the rig before firefighters arrived, Stewart said. A person who was not in the truck was taken to a hospital for treatment of an unspecified medical problem.
All eastbound lanes of the freeway were closed in the area until about 6 a.m., when the Nos. 1 and 2 lanes were reopened. The remaining lanes were reopened shortly before 2 p.m., the CHP reported.
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