Tanker truck fire may leave motorists in a long-term jam

Jul 13, 2013

Fire-damaged freeway tunnel./Caltrans District 7/Twitter

The California Highway Patrol warned motorists that freeway lane closures related to today’s tanker truck fire at the 2 and 5 freeway interchange might be “long term” as officials determine whether the blaze had caused any structural damage.

Officials closed the northbound 5 at the 2 Freeway and several other transition roads after a tanker truck transporting 8,500 gallons of fuel overturned in a tunnel and triggered a fiery fuel spill that poured through storm drains and into the L.A. River.   The  tunnel (pictured above) that funnels traffic from the southbound 2 Freeway to the southbound 5 Freeway  remains closed as Caltrans officials inspect the damage.

Those closures are “long-term,” according to a CHP announcement made on its Twitter feed, but did not provide any further details.  The northbound 5 Freeway will remain closed at the 2 Freeway “until further notice,” with traffic being diverted on to the northbound and southbound 2 Freeway.

The partial closure of  the 5 freeway and the interchange tied up traffic on nearby streets and also found eastbound traffic on the 10 Freeway jammed through Boyle Heights and City Terrace.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, advised fans coming to this afternoon’s game to take alternative routes or public transportation.

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