A stretch of the 101 Freeway in eastern Ventura County was shut down in both directions Sunday morning after a propane truck caught fire, authorities said.

The freeway remained closed as of 8 a.m. following the fire near the Thousand Oaks Auto Mall, according to California Highway Patrol’s Moorpark Station. Authorities said it was unclear how long the lanes would be closed.

Just before 7 a.m., firefighters were using multiple water cannons to put out flames engulfing a semi-truck loaded with 500 small propane tanks, CHP officials said.

Officials diverted northbound freeway traffic at Westlake Boulevard while southbound traffic was being diverted at Hampshire Boulevard, authorities said.

CHP has told motorists to avoid the area. No further details were immediately available.


By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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