LAFAYETTE, Calif. -- The
California Highway Patrol has reopened all lanes of
westbound state Highway 24 in Lafayette Thursday
morning after a dramatic car carrier fire shut down
most of the roadway and snarled the morning commute.
The fire was reported at 4:49 a.m. just east of central Lafayette.
CHP Officer John Fransen said the driver of the carrier, which was transporting nine Chrysler sedans, heard a strange noise and pulled over on the road's right shoulder.