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Vehicle Fire Wreaks Havoc on Highway 1 Traffic

The fire was reported at 12:30 p.m. in Aptos; traffic backed up for miles.

A vehicle fire created a commuting nightmare on Highway 1 in Aptos on Thursday afternoon.

The vehicle caught fire on the shoulder of the northbound lanes around 12:30 p.m., causing a brief, partial closure of lanes while fire crews doused the flames. The highway fully reopened an hour later, according to KSBW.

But traffic—especially for northbound drivers—was terrible for hours.

KSBW reported that vehicle engulfed with flames was a van, but as the smoke cleared, it appeared it was a truck with a camper top or a small RV.

Check traffic conditions on Patch before you go.

Daniel Skeen October 26, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Heisenberg principle in action.
Kathy O'Mara October 26, 2012 at 04:47 PM
"Wreaks" Havoc, and it looks like it did.
Jacob Bourne (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Good eye, Kathy.
Kathy O'Mara October 26, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Good on ya, Patch - you fixed the headline muy pronto. I love you guys.
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