Firefighters from the Contra Costa Fire Protection District battle a fire that broke out after a car rear-ended a tractor trailer rig Monday afternoon, closing westbound Highway 4 for two hours. No injuries were reported. Photo by Angelo Garcia, Jr.
The driver of a truck that was rear-ended on Highway 4 Monday afternoon disconnected his cab in case flames from the wreck spread. Firefighters extinguished the flames before they spread. Photo by Angelo Garcia, Jr.
Traffic on eastbound Highway 4 crawls by as a plume of black smoke rises from a collision between a car and tractor trailer Monday afternoon near G Street in Antioch. The westbound lanes of Highway 4 were closed for two hours. Photo by Angelo Garcia. jr.
A fiery crash closed westbound Highway 4 near G Street in Antioch for two hours Monday. No injuries were reported.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a black, four-door car rear-ended a tractor trailer rig at about 4:50 p.m., wedging itself under the trailer. Leaking fuel caught fire, engulfing the car and the rear of the trailer in flames.
“The truck was disconnected for fear of the trailer completely burning, but the car was wedged under the rear bumper of the truck's trailer and on fire,” said Angelo Garcia, Jr., who drove past as Contra Costa Fire Protection District personnel battled the flames. The car “appeared to have been hit pretty hard and was burning pretty good.”
The road was reopened at about 6:55 p.m.