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Carmageddon Dress Rehearsal: Big Rig Catches Fire On 405, Shuts Down Lanes In Sepulveda Pass

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Southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway were closed through the Sepulveda Pass Tuesday afternoon when a big rig caught fire, officials said, according to LA Now.

The California Highway Patrol was notified at 1:17 p.m. that a big rig on the right shoulder of the freeway near Skirball Center Drive was “fully engulfed” in flames.

Firefighters and officials responded on the scene closing a carpool lane of the northbound side and all lanes on the southbound side. According to CHP, most of the lanes have since been reopened save for two lanes of the southbound freeway.

The truck, hauling 7,500 pounds of scrap metal, experienced mechanical trouble, according to the CHP. No injuries were reported.