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Highway blaze brings traffic to a halt

POSTED January 27, 2012 8:56 p.m.

A two vehicle collision ignited a fiery blaze Thursday night on Highway 99 that brought traffic to a standstill in both directions for nearly an hour.

The collision happened just before 6 p.m. in the northbound lanes near the Main Street on-ramp. According to the California Highway Patrol, a vehicle collided with a pick-up pulling a 32-foot long horse trailer.

The pick-up and trailer overturned on the highway and erupted into flames.

The Turlock Fire Department reported there was around 400 gallons of fuel in the pick-up and the trailer and several canisters exploded, adding to the blaze.

All four Turlock fire engines, as well as those from Turlock Rural and Keyes fire departments, responded to the fire. A total of 20 fire fighters were at the scene.

The fire was brought under control within 40 minutes. Approximately 14,000 gallons of water were used to extinguish the fire.

The fire caused about $150,000 in damage, according to the fire department.

The four adults and three children involved in the collision escaped unharmed, according to the fire department.

There were no horses in the trailer at the time of the collision.

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