Big-Rig Crash, Fire Shuts Down Lanes on NB Highway 101 South of Santa Rosa

By Bay City News
|  Sunday, Apr 20, 2014  |  Updated 7:43 PM PDT
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Big-Rig Fire Shuts Down Lanes on 101 Near Santa Rosa

The remains of a big-rig that crashed and started burning on Highway 101 near Santa Rosa, closing two northbound lanes for hours - April 20, 2014.

All lanes have reopened on northbound U.S. Highway 101 near Santa Rosa Sunday afternoon after a big-rig crashed and started burning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

An incident with a big-rig on its side was reported at 8:10 a.m. on the highway near Todd Road, according to the CHP.

The alert was issued at 8:20 a.m. after the truck reportedly crashed and caught fire, according to the CHP.

The CHP said they believe it was a solo accident.

"Our preliminary investigation shows that the driver possibly fell asleep, drifted onto the shoulder, hit the overpass sign which caused the vehicle to both overturn and catch on fire," Sgt. Ross Ingles said.

The two right northbound lanes on 101 were closed for hours, but at around 3:30 p.m., all lanes have reoponed as crews are cleaning up diesel fuel on the shoulder. An overpass sign has been completely removed along with its support beam.

The truck driver suffered only minor injuries.

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