Propane fire forces freeway shutdownFree Access

FULLY ENGULFED—Crews douse the fire aboard a propane-laden truck on the northbound 101 Freeway. Courtesy of Caltrans/VCFD

Just as motorists were taking advantage of a soft reopening of the economy and hitting the road to visit Mom on Mother’s Day, a propane fire aboard a tractor-trailer truck on the northbound 101 in Thousand Oaks forced a freeway shutdown for much of Sunday morning and into the afternoon.

The truck containing some 500 propane tanks became fully engulfed in fire just south of the Hampshire Road exit in T.O., the Ventura County Fire Department reported.

The freeway was closed southbound at Hampshire and northbound at Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village as firefighters aimed hoses on the truck and surrounding freeway pavement.

Side routes in Agoura Hills, Westlake and T.O. became thick with traffic and presented a new scenario for motorists used to seeing their streets empty due to the coronavirus.

At 1 p.m. all southbound lanes were reopened but northbound lanes remain closed.

No injuries were reported.

—Acorn staff report