Southbound Highway 101 to remain closed until noon after fiery crash 

click to enlarge A big-rig crash Wednesday morning was a serious headache for commuters. Officials say the southbound Highway 101 will be closed until at least noon. (KGO-TV/Courtesy photo) - A BIG-RIG CRASH WEDNESDAY MORNING WAS A SERIOUS HEADACHE FOR COMMUTERS. OFFICIALS SAY THE SOUTHBOUND HIGHWAY 101 WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST NOON. (KGO-TV/COURTESY PHOTO)
  • A big-rig crash Wednesday morning was a serious headache for commuters. Officials say the southbound Highway 101 will be closed until at least noon. (KGO-TV/Courtesy photo)
  • A big-rig crash Wednesday morning was a serious headache for commuters. Officials say the southbound Highway 101 will be closed until at least noon. (KGO-TV/Courtesy photo)

Southbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco will remain shut down until about noon today because of a fiery early morning big-rig crash that injured two people.

The crash was reported just after 5 a.m. where the freeway crosses over 16th Street, near where Interstate Highway 80 meets Highway 101, CHP Officer Tony Tam said.

It is unclear how the crash happened, but Tam said it involved the truck and three other vehicles, and that the big-rig overturned.

“The fuel from the truck leaked out onto the roadway, and that’s what caught fire,” Tam said.

The fire spread to the truck’s cab, gutting it, he said.

Two people were injured — the truck driver and a female who was in one of the other vehicles, he said. He said the female complained of minor pain, but he did not know the extent of the truck driver’s injuries.

Mid-morning, crews were still working to upright the truck and remove it from the roadway. Caltrans was inspecting the highway for damage, Tam said.

“There’s some damage to the bridge railing and the roadway itself,” he said.

He estimated that the southbound lanes would remain closed until about noon. Drivers coming off the Bay Bridge can take the Fifth Street exit, then use city streets to connect with Interstate Highway 280, he said.

“There’s going to be delays coming into this area,” Tam said.

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