A big rig involved in a chain-reaction crash exploded into flames early Thursday, closing the eastbound lanes of Highway 80 in Pinole, authorities said.
Pinole Fire Battalion Chief Brian Lowry said the incident began as a crash between a Honda and an Acura around 2:20 a.m.
“About a minute and half later, another vehicle became involved,” he said. “The big rig was attempting to avoid the collision but crashed into the center divider. It was fully involved when we arrived. “
Lowry said there was only one minor injury in the crash. It took three fire engines 30 minutes to extinguish the fire.
A Sigalert closing all lanes of traffic was issued shortly after 2:30 a.m. The far left lane of traffic reopened at about 3:15 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
All lanes of traffic reopened at about 4:25 a.m., the CHP said.
The cause of the collision remains under investigation.