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Fatal semi-truck fire clogs 5 Freeway in Gorman area

A semi-truck driver died after the vehicle caught fire on the southbound 5 Freeway in the Gorman area on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.

August 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A semi-truck driver died after the vehicle caught fire Tuesday morning on the southbound 5 Freeway in the Gorman area.

The incident shut down all southbound lanes at Smokey Bear Road for several hours, before the California Highway Patrol reopened one lane to get traffic flowing at about 8:30 a.m.

Flames from the car fire initially spread to nearby brush. The blaze charred under a half acre before it was knocked down.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.