Portion of I-5 Remains Closed After Tanker Fire

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

UPDATE, Sunday 14th, 10:30am:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A section of Interstate 5 near downtown Los Angeles remains closed after a tanker flipped, spilled its load of gasoline and caught fire.

Transportation officials said all northbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed Sunday and they were unsure when the freeway would reopen. Workers were trying to shore up a tunnel-like underpass connecting State Route 2 and Interstate 5 where the fire occurred.

Traffic was jammed Saturday for hours after the tanker overturned and sent its 8,500-gallon load of gasoline into the Los Angeles River and underground systems. No injuries were reported.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California Highway Patrol officials say Interstate 5 near downtown Los Angeles is closed at the interchange with State Routes 110 and 2 after a tanker truck flipped and caught fire, killing one person and spilling fuel.

City News Service reports the fire was reported around 10:30 a.m. inside the underground tunnel connecting southbound State Route 2 and southbound Interstate 5 near Glendale.

Fire officials warn there is a potential public hazard near manhole covers and storm drains in the area because of explosive runoff from the tanker spill. It's unclear what the truck's load was.

CHP officers say drivers traveled the wrong way on freeways to escape heavy smoke from the tunnel fire.

Vehicles are being diverted to State Route 101, where traffic is heavy as a result.

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