The hulf of the burned out truck on I-80. Photo: Reavey Fike
The hulf of the burned out truck on I-80. Photo: Reavey Fike

A big rig carrying sushi, rice and other food blew out a tire and caught on fire around 5:45 a.m. Monday, closing three lanes on the Interstate 80 skyway near the Fremont Street off ramp. Traffic from the East Bay into San Francisco has been horrible since then, as these photos from Berkeleyside reader Reavey Fike show.

Caltrans estimates the lanes will reopen at 3 p.m.

Things could have been worse: BART workers could have gone on strike Monday, as they seemed prepared to do. But Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a three-person commission Sunday to examine the negotiations and get back to him with a report within one week. BART workers are not legally allowed to strike during that time.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the truck was on its way from Castro Valley to San Francisco and was filled with sushi, rice, dressing vinegar and other food. It was all destroyed in the fire.

Pieces of the destroyed truck. Photo: Reavey Fike
Authorities direct traffic past the two closed lanes. Photo: Reavey Fike
Westbound Bay Bridge traffic. Photo: Reavey Fike

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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...