A report of a smoldering Buick LeSabre turned into a report of a burning Buick in Bore 1 of the Caldecott Sunday, forcing the owner to bail out and traffic to a standstill.
The incident was reported at 3:07 p.m., prompting an emergency response from both ends of the tunnel and creating an almost immediate traffic snarl – which evolved into a full closure and declared SigAlert that lasted until 4:48 p.m.
Engine 45 from Orinda was the first fire apparatus on scene and extinguished the car fire. Capt. Michael Lacy told NEWS24/680 that Moraga-Orinda Fire rolled an Engine, Truck and Battalion Chief to the incident, working with the Oakland Fire Battalion Chief to ensure a coordinated effort between the two agencies.
Oakland Fire crews also tended to a youth who suffered an asthma attack during the incident. No other injures were reported.