A family moving from Texas through California has lost the majority of their belongings when a moving truck crashed and caught fire.
Just after 8 a.m. the truck lost its trailer and caught fire after going off I-5 near Eight Mile Road in Stockton.
Officials say the crash was caused by a distracted driver; the driver was reaching for something inside the cab, and swerved to the right, taking out about 100-feet of guardrail. He then swerved back the other way, causing the trailer to disconnect from the cab. The cab started leaking diesel fuel, and caught fire, meanwhile the trailer broke open, spilling its contents and caught fire.
The driver and passenger were able to escape the truck cab without serious injury.
The fire was still smoldering for a good 30 minutes after crews got on scene, keeping firefighters busy and everyone else a ways away from the crash scene until most of the items had been destroyed.
The moving company truck was carrying the belongings from a family who was moving from Texas to an unknown location. Personal items like children’s toys, clothing and furniture were among the charred debris.
A sigalert was issued for a short time Tuesday morning because all northbound lanes were blocked by the debris and emergency crews. However lanes were back open and traffic moving around 11 a.m.
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