Big rig fire: 'His truck basically burned to the ground'

Firemen work after a big rig fire early Wednesday, March 15, 2017, on eastbound Highway 58 east of Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Lanes of eastbound Highway 58 near General Beale Road were closed Wednesday morning because of a semitruck fire.

“His truck basically burned to the ground,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. Kelly Olson said.

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The driver noticed flames coming from his engine compartment, Olson said.

The truck was hauling oranges, which are also a total loss.

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