October 23, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities have reopened a Los Angeles freeway interchange, some 7 ½ hours after a pothole filled with metal rods flattened the tires on dozens of cars.
About 30 to 40 vehicles had to pull over starting around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday after running over the gaping hole in a bridge on the transition road from south Interstate 5 to east Interstate 10.
Some vehicles had flat tires while at least one had its driver's-side air bag deployed.
The cars apparently hit metal reinforcing bars exposed when a chunk of roadway disintegrated.
The California Highway Patrol tells City News Service that the 6-foot-by-3-foot hole developed after a truck hauling a cement mixer crashed at the site Monday night.
The CHP says all lanes of the transition road reopened at about 2 p.m.
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