Big Rig Fire Shuts Down 237

Fatal big rig crash closes Silicon Valley commute artery.

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    Tony and Rennea Phillips
    The shell of the big rig was all that was left following the fire.

    A fatal big rig crash shut down Highway 237 in Sunnyvale Tuesday afternoon.

    The crash happened around 2:20 p.m. The truck overturned and then burst into flames after reportedly suffering a blown tire.

    The California Highway Patrol said the driver was unable to escape and died in the cab of his truck

    One westbound lane was reopened around 4:15 p.m., but the eastbound traffic was expected to be closed through the evening commute.

    People who live in Sunnyvale reported hearing a loud explosion and then a burst of smoke.

    The driver was not immediately identified.