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CHP reopens all lanes on 5 Freeway following tanker fire

July 16, 2013
  • Traffic is snarled on the southbound 5 Freeway at the intersection with the 2 Freeway after a fiery weekend tanker truck accident near downtown Los Angeles.
Traffic is snarled on the southbound 5 Freeway at the intersection… (Al Seib / Los Angeles…)

All lanes on the 5 and 2 freeways near downtown Los Angeles have been reopened after a huge fuel tanker fire over the weekend, the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday morning.

The only closure still in effect is the transition between the northbound 2 to the northbound 5 -- the actual location of the fire -- which will remain closed for up to six months, CHP officials said.

Caltrans workers were working to shore up the tunnel, where a tanker truck carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline overturned and caught fire Saturday.

“The intense heat from the tanker fire caused extensive damage to the pavement, walls, support columns, drainage, and lighting,” Caltrans said in a message posted on its website.

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-- Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times

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