210 Freeway reopens following big rig crash

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File: Morning commuters travel the 210 Freeway between Los Angeles and cities to the east on Dec. 1, 2009 near Pasadena.

Authorities say nobody was hurt in a fiery big rig crash that shut down the westbound lanes of a Los Angeles area freeway for about six hours.

The California Highway Patrol says the collision occurred just after midnight Tuesday on the 210 Freeway near Glendale when a big rig rear-ended another that had slowed down unexpectedly.

The impact ignited both the lead tractor and its load of wooden pallets, resulting in a huge fire that burned the big rig to the ground.

The California Highway Patrol tells KPCC that the two left lanes reopened shortly after 6 a.m.

Authorities say the flames were so hot that Caltrans will test to see whether the structural integrity of the roadway was compromised.

Both drivers escaped unharmed, and there were no other injuries.

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