Truck loses brakes, overturns, catches fire on I-8 near Alpine


SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A pick-up truck drove through a highway center divider today near Alpine, overturned and caught fire, authorities said.

The crash happened at 7:26 a.m. when a Ford truck lost its brakes going eastbound on Interstate 8, overturned on westbound I-8, landed on the right shoulder and became fully engulfed, the California Highway Patrol said.

The wreck started a minor brush fire. All westbound lanes of I-8 were shut down from West Willows Road to East Willows Road until 8:23 a.m., where one westbound lane was reopened, the CHP said.

It was not immediately known how many people were in the truck or whether there were any injuries.

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