The Kern County Fire Department responded to reports of a collision in Tejon involving two tractor trailers Thursday afternoon.
According to the department, one of the trailers, a tanker, was leaking hot asphalt, and the callers said the trucks were on fire, as well as fire in the grass along the Interstate.
Additional resources, such as the Kern County Fire Department’s Hazmat unit and officials from Environmental Health, responded. A wildland fire response was also initiated — patrols, engines, crews, bulldozers, helicopters, and air tankers.
The drivers and passengers of the vehicles were a safe distance from the burning vehicles.
One trailer driver was transported to the hospital by ambulance. The driver and passenger of the tanker truck refused medical treatment/transport, the department says.
The hazmat unit, Environmental Health and Cal-Trans were assigned to handle the 6,000 gallons of liquid asphalt that was running downhill on the shoulder of the Interstate.
Firefighters stopped the fire before it threatened the structures in Digier Canyon and high-voltage transmission lines.
The department says 338 acres of grass burned.