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Auto fire causes standstill on Highway 101 near Avila

Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze surrounding a truck that caught fire Sunday on Highway 101.
Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze surrounding a truck that caught fire Sunday on Highway 101.

Traffic on the north and southbound lanes of Highway 101 near the San Luis Bay Drive exit came to a near standstill Sunday because of a fire that engulfed a truck along the shoulder, said a spokesman for the CHP.

The CHP first responded to a report of a truck on fire at 12:52 p.m.

The truck became fully engulfed in flames before it was finally put out about a half-hour after the CHP and fire personnel came on the scene.

According to Officer Darren Gennuso, the truck, which was pulling a trailer, stopped along the side of the freeway because of mechanical problems. For some reason it caught on fire and was soon in flames.

No one was injured in the incident.

While traffic was completely stopped on the southbound lanes, it also slowed on the northbound lanes as well.

A motorcyclist traveling north came on the slowed traffic too fast and hit a car, said Gennuso. The man was thrown to the ground from the motorcycle. He was taken to Arroyo Grande Community hospital where he is in critical but stable condition, said Gennuso.

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