A tour bus that crashed along the 15 Freeway sparked a brush fire in the Cajon Pass and caused a partial closure of the busy roadway Saturday afternoon.
At about 1 p.m., the bus and another vehicle were involved in a collision on the northbound lanes of the freeway, a fire quickly pursued and advanced to the brush along the roadway.
It spread from 3-to-5 acres at a “rapid rate of speed” to 10 acres, jumping Highway 138, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
A California Highway Patrol officer was injured by an oxygen tank that exploded, officials said. Her injuries have been reported to be non-life threatening.
Fire crews fought the flames from the ground and took necessary measures by deploying air tankers to control the fire from above.
They were able to “make good progress” and hold the blaze at 10 acres.
Saturday’s fire is the near the same location that an apocalyptic fire broke out last month, paralyzing traffic and sending trapped motorists fleeing down the busy roadway on foot.
With record-breaking heat hitting much of the Western states, fires and accident rates will continue to grow. If you or a loved one has been hurt and have questions regarding your liability, contact San Bernardino Personal Injury Attorneys today to learn whether you are able to earn compensation.