RICHMOND -- Two separate big rig accidents Saturday left one driver injured and fire crews busy as they worked to keep traffic flowing and blazes contained.

The first accident was reported Saturday morning with a crash that closed one lane and an offramp on eastbound Interstate 80 near Central Avenue.

The crash was reported around 5:15 a.m., when a UPS truck struck another car, possibly a Dodge Charger that was stalled in the slow lane, then hit a guardrail on the offramp, according to California Highway Patrol officer James Evans. Fire crews from Albany and Richmond found about 100 gallons of diesel fuel leaking from the truck's saddle tanks, according to Richmond fire Battalion Chief Merlin Turner.

A UPS truck struck a stalled car, then smashed into a guardrail on the Central Avenue offramp on eastbound Interstate 80 in Richmond, Calif., on Jan. 19,
A UPS truck struck a stalled car, then smashed into a guardrail on the Central Avenue offramp on eastbound Interstate 80 in Richmond, Calif., on Jan. 19, authorities said.

Several other vehicles struck debris left behind by the crash before it could be cleaned up.

The truck driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, and one other person was treated at the scene. Hazardous materials crews responded to clean up the fuel and absorbent material used by fire crews to keep the fuel from running into a storm drain.

The slow lane was reopened just after 7:30 a.m. The off-ramp reopened after 2 p.m.

The second big-rig fire was reported at 11:33 a.m. at 1352 Willow Ave. at the Bayberry Storage Yard.

Rodeo-Hercules fire units found a big-rig fully engulfed in flames and two adjacent tractor trailers also beginning to catch fire.


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Firefighters from the Pinole Fire Department helped extinguish the blaze before causing any serious damage to other vehicles.

The county's Hazardous Materials Unit was called out to remove the remaining fuel from the big rig to ensure no other cars caught fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No one was injured in the blaze.

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports. Contact Katie Nelson at 925-945-4780 or follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.