My 3 Hour And 45 Minute Commute Home, Or Why There Was No Post Yesterday

Well I had planned on making a post or two last night — since there were none over the weekend — but after spending almost four hours on the freeway I was just too beat.

I left work (in San Diego, CA) at my usual time of 6:00 PM. Since I usually run into traffic about 10 minutes into my commute (which is usually an hour and a half each way) I was rather pleased to find that things were moving along better than usual. Then I spotted the sign — North 5 Closed Expect Delays. Before I knew it I was caught in painfully slow crawling bumper to bumper traffic just south of Oceanside. The cause of the traffic snarl…

Truck fire closes northbound I-5 in Oceanside

OCEANSIDE – The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Oceanside were closed Monday after the trailer of a semi truck carrying furniture caught fire during the busy commute, authorities said.

The incident began about 4 p.m. on Interstate 5 just north of Harbor Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol.

It was unclear whether the truck was involved in a collision before the fire started.

The truck was still on fire at 5:30 p.m., according to televised reports.

“Looks like it’s going to be a long-term closure,” CHP Officer Larry Landeros said.

Traffic was backed up for several miles to the Poinsettia Lane exit in Carlsbad.

Some vehicles were being diverted to nearby roadways including state Route 76.

HAZMAT crews were called to clean up fuel that spilled on the roadway, the CHP said.

There were no reports of injuries.

So after two hours of moving less than two miles, and with very few options since there aren’t a lot of routes through Camp Pendleton, I jumped on the 78 East and headed toward San Marcos and Escondido — not fun when you just want to get home. Then it was North on the 15 through Temecula and Corona — where I headed West on the 91. I got back into Orange County and headed South on the 55. Three hours and forty-five minutes later I was back home — where I pretty much just went to bed to rest up for the next morning’s commute back to work.

Passing the spot of the big rig fire this morning — about 15 hours since the initial accident — the wreckage was still smoldering and the area reeked of burt plastic and fuel.

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