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Big rigs crash on I-5, snarling traffic and sparking grass fire

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The results of a fiery crash involving two big rigs on southbound Interstate 5 at the base of the Grapevine are seen Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

UPDATE (4:15 p.m., Friday, Aug. 11): The California Highway Patrol blamed the crash on the rear driver's "unsafe speed for the slower moving vehicle ahead." The CHP said that driver, of Grants Pass, Oregon, was traveling about 60 mph when he slammed into the back of a tanker truck in the same lane going about 40 mph.

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UPDATE (8:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 11): The California Highway Patrol says cleanup from Thursday's crash and wildfire is expected to last most of the day. The slow lane of the southbound Interstate 5 will remain closed during this process.


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UPDATE (10:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 10): Kern County Fire reports the Rose Fire is now 100 percent contained. The fire still stands at 338 acres. Two lanes are now open heading southbound on Interstate 5.


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UPDATE (8:35 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 10): Kern County Fire is reporting the now-dubbed Rose Fire has burned 338 acres and is 50 percent contained. Only one lane remains open going southbound at this time on Interstate 5 at the base of the Grapevine.

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Only one lane is open on southbound Interstate 5 near Grapevine Road after a crash Thursday afternoon that sparked a grass fire.

The crash involved two big rigs. One of the drivers suffered major injuries.

One of the trucks leaked hot, liquid asphalt.


One truck was engulfed in flames, which spread to roadside grass. The fire is burning over around 250 acres.

The California Highway Patrol traffic-incident website shows an estimate of five hours for most lanes to remain closed for cleanup.