ANTIOCH -- A fiery crash on Highway 4 near G Street shut down all westbound traffic Monday after a black BMW collided with a big rig, sparking a fire, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The crash occurred about 4:50 p.m. when the BMW collided with the larger vehicle and slid beneath the trailer, California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Eckhardt said.

Shortly after the collision, one of the vehicles began leaking fuel, which caught fire and began burning both vehicles, Eckhardt said. The occupants of both vehicles managed to escape from the fire, though the driver of the BMW was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The big rig, which was carrying a haul of canned foods, was able to be salvaged for most of its contents, Eckhardt said.

The California Highway Patrol shut down all westbound traffic as emergency crews arrived on scene, Eckhardt said. All lanes were reopened as of 6:55 p.m.

Contact Erin Ivie at 925-847-2122. Follow her at Twitter.com/erin_ivie.



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