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A Livermore-Pleasanton firefighter looks at the burnt remains of a big rig truck that caught fire after being involved in an accident with an SUV on eastbound Interstate 580 between Hopyard Road and Hacienda Drive in Pleasanton, Calif., on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Two of the three people in the truck were taken to the hospital. One an 8-year old child and an adult with burns to the hand. The truck driver and occupants in the SUV were unharmed. (Doug Duran/Staff)

PLEASANTON -- A collision between a big rig and an SUV ignited a small fire and sent three people to the hospital Thursday, police said.

The 1:20 p.m. crash also snarled traffic on eastbound Interstate 580 for much of Tuesday, California Highway Patrol Officer Pete Van Eckhardt said.

According to the CHP, a big rig carrying a construction crane sideswiped a Toyota 4Runner that was stopped alongside the freeway. The big rig then started sliding and scraping against a concrete wall, spilling diesel fuel, hydraulic fluid and other debris into the roadway, Van Eckhardt said.

The truck driver and his 7-year-old son jumped from the cab of the truck before the fire ignited, Van Eckhardt said. The boy was taken to Children's Hospital in Oakland with cuts, while the father went to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley with moderate injuries, Van Eckhardt said. The driver of the 4Runner also went to Eden Medical Center with minor injuries, Van Eckhardt said.

Traffic ground to a halt, as the CHP closed two eastbound lanes. A hazardous materials team did not have the scene completely cleared of debris until 6:53 p.m., when the lanes finally were reopened.



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