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UPDATE: Northbound I-5 traffic halted for half an hour

Posted: August 12, 2013 2:38 p.m.
Updated: August 12, 2013 5:13 p.m.

Motorists northbound on Interstate 5 in the Newhall Pass were stopped for more than half an hour Monday afternoon as firefighters responded to a car fire sparked by a multi-vehicle crash near Calgrove Boulevard, emergency officials reported.

Shortly after 2 p.m., officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the California Highway Patrol received reports of a gray Nissan Altima on fire on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes just south of Calgrove Boulevard.

No one was hurt in the crash, officials from both agencies said.

When firefighters arrived at the scene they found all occupants of the burning car outside the vehicle and no brush on fire, a spokeswoman for the Fire Department said.

“We got the call at 2:09 as a traffic collision with fire,” she said.

Two firefighting units were dispatched to the scene, but one of them was canceled when fire officials determined the fire had been contained to the car and had not spread to nearby brush, as feared, she said.

The traffic collision that sparked the fire involved three vehicles, according to the CHP, including a gray Hyundi and gray Nissan.

CHP officers had initially issued a SigAlert for the northbound freeway to remain in place until 3:30 p.m. However, they opened the two left lanes to traffic at 2:50 p.m. and the rest of the freeway later, a spokeswoman said.


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