Firefighters were working to save a shipment strawberries as they fought a fire inside a tractor-trailer along Interstate 5 near Encinitas.
Smoke could be seen coming out the back of the 53-foot trailer filled with wooden boxes of berries.
California Highway Patrol officers arrived to the area near Leucadia Boulevard just before 6 a.m. and found the big rig pulled over to the right shoulder with fire coming from the back of the trailer.
The driver was taken to a nearby hospital, CHP officials confirmed.
Fire equipment blocked two lanes of northbound I-5, causing some distraction for those on their way to work.
No other information was available.
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