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Big-rig fire shuts 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights just before rush hour

November 14, 2013|By Joseph Serna

A big-rig fire on the eastbound lanes of the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights has shut down the freeway in both directions, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The blaze began just before 3 p.m. and took nearly an hour to extinguish, authorities said. The big rig was carrying compressed hydrogen, but based on live video footage, it did not appear that any of the containers exploded during the fire.

The CHP was initially diverting eastbound traffic off at Hacienda Boulevard, then moved the closure. Eastbound traffic is now being diverted onto the 605 Freeway, officials said. Westbound traffic is being diverted at Azusa Avenue.

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joseph.serna@latimes.com

Twitter: @josephserna

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