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.
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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.