All five lanes of southbound Interstate 5 reopened Monday afternoon, a few hours after a fire melted four tires off a big rig, the CHP said.
California Highway Patrol officers reopened the fifth southbound lane around 4:04 p.m., said spokesman Juan Galvan.
The CHP received an influx of calls about 12:20 p.m. about a tractor-trailer with flat tires traveling south on the freeway. A CHP officer tried to alert the driver, but for unknown reasons the driver continued traveling for an unspecified distance.
"The driver got out of the vehicle, he was detained and then the big rig caught fire," Galvan said.
The fire also charred some of the tractor-trailer's rear. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire shortly thereafter.