Bob Baker, TNT's safety supervisor, said the truck was bound for the company's terminal in San Diego when the accident occurred. Baker described the contents as "general freight" that were to be dropped off in San Diego and delivered to businesses there.
By mid-morning, a small crowd of people had gathered on the Fairview overpass to watch giant tow trucks right the burned-out wreckage. The remains were loaded on flatbed trucks and hauled away. Ellison said the force of the crash and fire broke Fulton's rig into three pieces.
Burrus said the freeway's northbound lanes were opened first, about 9:30 a.m. Traffic was moving in both directions by 11:30 a.m.
Only minutes after traffic was allowed back on the northbound lanes, Ellison said officers were called to another traffic accident, involving a drunk driver, immediately across the center divider from the truck pileup.