Traffic starting to move through caldecott tunnel after car fire

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One of the bores of the Caldecott Tunnel between Orinda and Oakland is slowly re-opening after being filled with smoke this morning because of a car fire, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The car fire in the eastbound bore on state Highway 24 was reported at 9:49 a.m., CHP Officer Ron Simmons said. A Sig-alert was issued at 10:21 a.m. and remained in place as of 11:10 a.m.

Simmons said traffic was starting to move again through the tunnel, which had been shut down because of the car fire. Many drivers had left their cars in the tunnel and walked out but have since returned to their vehicles, he said.

Oakland Fire Department and Contra Costa County Fire Protection District crews responded to the fire. Caltrans opened the middle bore for eastbound traffic around 11 a.m., Simmons said.

Several people have been hospitalized for smoke inhalation resulting from the car fire, according to the CHP.

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