A semi-truck hauling frozen mangoes caught fire on Interstate 5 near Camp Pendleton Tuesday, causing hours of delays for commuters.
The semi-tractor trailer was on fire on the right shoulder of northbound I-5 near Las Pulgas Road when firefighters with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department arrived at about 430 a.m., the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said.
The fire was extinguished and no injuries were reported but the fire created a mess for commuters heading towards San Clemente.
A Sig Alert was issued at 5:15 a.m. and two lanes of northbound I-5 were closed so crews could clean up dozens of mango-filled boxes that spilled onto the roadway and covered with firefighting foam.
At one point traffic was backed up for about 10 miles, CHP said.
Lanes were reopened to traffic at about 8 a.m. but nearly two hours later, motorists were still stuck in stop-and-go traffic and experiencing delays of about 30 minutes.
No other information was available.
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