This is an updated story of a version posted earlier on Wednesday.
RASOR ROAD - California Highway Patrol Officer Taj Johnson said it did not smell like an omelet.

Early Wednesday morning, a semi-truck carrying a load of eggs and mushrooms caught fire on Interstate 15 just north of Rasor Road, about 13 miles south of Baker. The blaze shut down the southbound lanes for seven hours and rerouted traffic through the center median.

Despite heavy damage to the trailer and the total loss of the eggs and mushrooms, the driver of the truck was not injured in the fire, Johnson said. He noticed smoke, pulled the rig to the shoulder and detached the truck from the trailer before the fire grew.

"He managed to save his truck, just not his trailer or load," Johnson said.

Johnson also noted that the scene did not smell like scrambled eggs or sautéed mushrooms, but rather like brunt tires. The cause of the fire is still unknown. The driver was delivering a shipment to Los Angeles.

Just after 5 a.m. Wednesday, the Barstow CHP station received the report of the fire. Officers responded and closed the roadway around 6 a.m. During the closure, traffic moved slowly, backing up to Zzyzx Road by mid-morning. Johnson said high winds Wednesday morning kept traffic light on the interstate.

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