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Big-Rig Fire Closes Eastbound Hwy 37 In Vallejo

VALLEJO (CBS SF) -- Fire crews in Vallejo are on the scene of a big-rig fire Wednesday afternoon that temporarily shut down eastbound Highway 37, according to authorities.

The fire was reported just east of Mare Islande shortly after 2 p.m. according to CHP online traffic incident information. The fire started when the big-rig's brakes ignited.

The driver tried to use his extinguisher, but in minutes the truck was fully involved.

The Vallejo Times-Herald posted video that showed the truck engulfed in flames.

The Vallejo Fire Department Twitter account first posted about the fire at about 2:11 p.m.

A Sig-alert was issued with a request for CHP traffic control support.

Shortly before 2:30 p.m., Vallejo fire reported that the fire was out, but that eastbound Highway 37 would remain closed for the time being.

The driver was uninjured in the incident and the trailer did not contain anything.

As of 2:50 p.m., the left lane of eastbound Highway 37 had reopened.

Fire crews had cleared the scene just before 4 p.m. Caltrans crews were still at the scene as they prepared the big-rig for transport, a process expected to take a few hours. Drivers on eastbound Highway 37 should anticipate continued delays.

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