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.
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) July 8, 2016
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.
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.
Northbound I-880 Ramp to Eastbound I-80 in Oakland, On-Ramp Closed Due to Tractor Trailer Fire. https://t.co/zoZiArEKql
— 511 Bay Area (@511SFBay) July 8, 2016
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.