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Semi Explosion followed by fire on Eastbound I-80 Exchange

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Emeryville neighbors were startled by a distinct explosion right before 1 p.m. this afternoon followed by a large plume of black smoke that quickly engulfed the city. A diesel traveling on the Northbound 880 to Eastbound I-80 exchange immediately caught fire and flames engulfed the container of the big-rig. UPDATE: It was unclear if the explosion came from a fuel leak igniting or the truck’s cargo.

Firefighters reacted quickly and were on the scene within minutes and worked to extinguish the flames. The cab of the big-rig was in tact and could be seen driven away to a safe proximity of the flames. No word on any injuries or damage to the infrastructure of the flyover.

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The burning cargo and fuel spill was contained by fire crews by approximately 1:20 p.m.

Longtime Emeryville residents remember a similar incident in 2007 when flames engulfed a big-rig causing the flyover to buckle and requiring shutdown of the overpass for nearly a month. It’s been a wild week for fire crews in the area as Wednesday was the scene of a rare 6-alarm fire that engulfed an in-development apartment complex on San Pablo.

Needless to say, traffic heading through the area is at a standstill and traffic is backed up for miles and should be avoided.

Since this is breaking news, we will update the post as new information becomes available.


Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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