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Car fire closes the 210 freeway

A two-car collision resulted in a fire that caused havoc for motorists on the 210 freeway during the Monday morning commute.

The incident occurred at approximtelty 8:45 a.m. on the westbound lanes of the freeway east of the Mountain Avenue overpass in Claremont, according to Officer Rodrigo Jimenez of the California Highway Patrol.

According to Officer Jimenez, a 28-year-old Reseda woman driving a Chevrolet Colorado did not stop in time and rear-ended a Mercedes GLA-250 as traffic slowed on the freeway. The Colorado caught fire, which spread to the Mercedes.

The driver of the Mercedes, a 34-year-old man from Alta Loma, was transported to Pomona Valley Hospital after suffering an abrasion to his knee and pain to his back, head and neck. The driver of the Colorado was uninjured.

Emergency personnel shut the freeway down while the fire department was dispatched to extinguish the flames. The freeway closure resulted in increased traffic on Claremont’s surface streets.

All lanes were shut down by 9:30 a.m., and were re-opened by 9:50 a.m., according to the CHP.

Matthew Bramlett

news@claremont-courier.com

Photo by John Romero