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Truck carrying strawberries catches fire on north I-5 near Leucadia

Two lanes of northbound Interstate 5 in Encinitas were blocked early Thursday, May 16, after a semi truck carrying cases of strawberries caught fire, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The fire was reported shortly after 5:30 a.m. on north I-5 just south of Leucadia Boulevard. The driver of the truck was transported to the hospital with injuries suffered in the fire, the CHP reported.

The two right-hand lanes of the freeway were blocked and a flatbed truck was summoned so the truck could be unloaded.

Traffic on the freeway in both directions was backed up in the area.

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Drivers heading south on Interstate 15 near El Norte Parkway in the Escondido area also were finding slow speeds Thursday morning, May 16, after an earlier crash involving a car that caught on fire. The collision was reported around 4:20 a.m. Emergency crews had the far right lane of the freeway blocked for about an hour, according to the CHP.

-- Karen Kucher is a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune


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