Crews douse car fire that left debris strewn across 605 Freeway

A significant fire left a car charred and foam strewn across the northbound lanes of the 605 Freeway in Cerritos on Thursday morning, but the people involved managed to avoid any serious injuries, authorities said.

The blaze was sparked when a van rear-ended a two-door Datsun on the northbound 605 near South Street around 9:50 a.m., according to the CHP. The Datsun slowed down in the leftmost lane, and the van behind it did not, causing the collision, CHP Officer Marcos Iniguez said.

The impact and the flames left the Datsun mangled and seriously charred, but its driver and the van’s driver only had minor injuries, according to Iniguez. Neither needed to be hospitalized, he said.

Crews had to shut down multiple lanes of the 605 Freeway while they doused the flames and cleaned up the mess afterward, leaving traffic backed up for miles.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.