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Events happend so quickly that it was hard to know exactly what happened. Truck driver Kevin Sterba was driving a wood-chip truck--slowly, with the lights turned on, since smoke was limiting what he could see. Suddenly, he said, there was a big black cloud of smoke that absolutely blinding. A dairy truck driver said he could see for about 100 yards; then all at once, he was engulfed by darkness. Somehow, he was able to drive between the chip truck and another car. Then he climbed out of his truck and into an inferno. Trucks were on fire. Cars were on fire. People were climbing through the grass on the side of the freeway and running from the flames. Then, said another survivor, there was nothing but "glass busting, metal crushing, and screaming."