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A pickup truck caught on fire Wednesday morning after rear-ending a semitruck on southbound Highway 101 near Orcutt.

Just after 10 a.m., officials with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol and Santa Barbara County Fire responded to a report of a Ford pickup that was fully involved in flames. 

According to CHP Officer Dave Medina, the driver of the semitruck was traveling southbound on Highway 101 when both of the semitruck's tires blew out. The driver reportedly attempted to pull over but was rear-ended by the pickup.

After the collision, the front end of the pickup, which was destroyed, quickly caught fire, Medina said. 

Within minutes, the fire was fully involved, and officials were advised to shut down all lanes of the highway in case a vegetation fire sparked. 

The driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries and was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center. The driver of the semitruck was reportedly not injured. 

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Just after 11:15 a.m., all lanes on southbound Highway 101 were reopened.

Drugs and/or alcohol were not believed to be a factor in the collision, according to the CHP, and no arrests were made. 

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210