PIC: Vehicle Fire on SB I-680 in Martinez

September 1, 2014 · 16 comments

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A big-rig carrying vehicles caught fire on southbound Interstate-680 in unincorporated Martinez this afternoon, backing up traffic on the highway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The car fire was reported shortly before 2:15 p.m. on southbound 680 near the South Pacheco Boulevard off-ramp and the flames spread to the nearby hillside, according to the CHP.

The response to the blaze shut down all but the far left southbound lane of the highway, CHP Officer Kevin Bartlett said.

The lanes remained blocked as of 3:30 p.m. and there is no estimate for when they will reopen, Bartlett said.

No major injuries were reported.

Thanks so much to Laura for the picture!

1 Can't Resist September 1, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Smokin’ deals on new cars.

2 Anonymius September 1, 2014 at 3:39 PM

No injuries

3 J. September 1, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Portable Meth lab?

4 Mary Fouts September 1, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Reminds me of the big rig car carrier that burned up on Hwy 24 a while back. I so hope no one was injured.

5 green September 1, 2014 at 4:14 PM

abd if course as of 3:30 google maps showed no traffic backups there. typical.

6 Dorothy September 1, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Hope the driver is okay. Those look like new cars.

7 smc626 September 1, 2014 at 4:16 PM

…and the DRIVER? Hate seeing the cab burning up not knowing…

8 Traffic September 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Traffic was backed up to Vallejo. What a mess! Good thing we were going in the opposite direction.

9 Zorphious September 1, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Why weren’t we invited to the car-b-que

10 Craig Cannon September 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Those were Chevy “Spark” Cars. No Kidding! The Fire after that Photo, Spread Up and Back to The Cars. It Started a Grass Fire, Which Spread Down The Embankment Along the Freeway. Traffic is Backed Up Past Benicia on 680. This is Ongoing, Still Not Cleared as of This Post.

11 Anabelle September 1, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Everything is clear now, they’re cleaning up the debris on the freeway. The first cars on the top and bottom rack wee completely destroyed, don’t know about the driver.

12 @green September 1, 2014 at 6:01 PM
13 MadMom September 1, 2014 at 8:32 PM

I hope the driver is OK

14 green September 1, 2014 at 8:33 PM

thanks #12! i will give it a try.

15 just a concordian September 2, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Better sell those cars as salvage. The non crispy ones that is. On that note, anyone know which dealership those cars were going to?

16 mosquito burrito September 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM

how is the driver doing? i saw an ambulance with flashing lights driving southbound a mile south of the scene.

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