Truck carrying propane catches fire, closes Bay Bridge upper deck

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge’s upper deck closed Thursday morning after a truck’s flammable propane tank exploded, the California Highway Patrol said.

All westbound lines have been blocked on the upper deck since 8:43 am according to the CHP traffic information page.

“There was supposedly a propane tank on a car that exploded,” CHP spokesman Mark Andrews said. “I’ll have more soon.”

CHP posted on Twitter. “All I-80 w / b (SFOBB) lines, just east of Fremont St. off are now suspended due to a car fire and propane on board,” CHP posted on Twitter.

There may be more tanks on the vehicle, the agency said. No injuries were reported, San Francisco police said.

CHP said several units were sent and reported “tar along the way.”

A large, large puff of black smoke was visible wafting from the bridge Thursday morning at the height of the daily journey. By 9 a.m., the smoke turned white as the crew extinguished the fire.

The Bay Bridge is the main artery between San Francisco and the East Bay, and cars on the upper deck travel from the city’s East Bay. More than a quarter-million cars cross its two batteries every day.

It is unknown when the deck above the bridge will reopen. Get updates from CHP on Twitter.

This is a developing story.

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