The car was completely engulfed in flames with thick smoke rising from it just moments after the driver was pulled to safety.
The crash happened just after 3:50 p.m. and involved six vehicles, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A witness said a trash truck lost some plastic containers and several drivers swerved to avoid them. This resulted in six vehicles getting banged up, including a small white Nissan Altima that flipped over and caught fire.
Traffic was completely stopped for about 45 minutes after two 3-vehicle collisions. The freeway reopened just before 5 p.m.
A witness told 10News that he heard screeching tires and saw the trash truck and other cars swerving. Then the Altima got hit, rolled over, and slid to a stop. The witness described seeing some small flames and several other drivers quickly pulling off to the shoulder. They were running across the lanes and dodging traffic to get the Nissan’s driver to safety.
According to the witness, about 30 seconds after the driver was clear, the Nissan exploded into flames.
Several ambulances were called; at least one person was treated at a hospital for burns.
The wrecked cars were hauled away and the mess cleaned up, leaving the black spot where the car burned. About 150 feet behind that was a single plastic garbage can next to the freeway.