Fire Closes East Bay Tunnel as Drivers Flee Smoke

Nov 1, 2013 1:20 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A car fire in the tunnel that links Oakland to other east San Francisco Bay area communities has sent motorists streaming out of their cars on foot and an unknown number of children to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

California Highway Patrol Officer Daniel Hill said the fire that broke out in an eastbound lane of the Caldecott Tunnel Friday morning was extinguished within an hour.

Hill says officials are using the tunnel's ventilation system to clear the thick smoke that filled the channel and hoped to have traffic moving once drivers who had fled returned to their vehicles.

He says no one was seriously injured and that the children were being treated for smoke inhalation as a precaution.

In 1982, a fire in the Caldecott Tunnel caused by a collision between a gas tanker and several other vehicles left seven people dead.


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