A tanker truck full of cooking oil was traveling westbound on the I-580 connector towards I-90 and the Bay Bridge when a tire blew and started sparking.
The tow truck driver noticed and stopped the truck, which is when the sparks grew to large flames.
Officials said he tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher, but that didn’t work.
The fire spread to the other tires and grew in size.
A Good Samaritan was able to pull over and try to help, but the fire continued to spread.
Alameda fire crews were called and were able to put out the fire, which was contained to the bottom of the big rig and the oil was untouched.
The driver says he is lucky to be alive.
I-580 was shut down for about an hour.
At this time, there is only one lane open on the connector.
Crews are transferring the cooking oil from the truck that caught fire to a new one.
Then that truck can be towed.
Caltrans is on scene to assess the roadway to see if it was impacted by the fire.
CHP expects these lanes to be closed for several more hours.
Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.
Something similar actually happened back in 2007.
KRON4 archive video shows huge flames from a tanker truck that caught fire early Sunday on a highway overpass in the MacArthur Maze, causing it to collapse onto the roadway below.
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