Monterey County

Car fire shuts down one lane on Highway 101 in Soledad

SOLEDAD, Calif. - UPDATE 8/15/2016 11:17 AM: One lane closed on Highway 101 in Soledad re-opened Monday morning after a car that caught on fire was towed away.

Witnesses reported seeing the car smoking in Gonzales and saw the driver jump out of the car while it was moving. CHP said a witness with a fire extinguisher pulled over and helped the driver.

Officers said the driver was heading home to Soledad from Salinas. 

PREVIOUS STORY: California Highway Patrol reports one lane on Highway 101 southbound is closed Monday morning because of a car fire.

The incident near the Soledad State Prison exit is being investigated. It was first reported around 9:45 a.m.

This story will be updated when more information is available.

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