I-5 reopens after tanker crash, fuel spill fire

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(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California Highway Patrol officials say Interstate 5 near downtown Los Angeles has reopened after a tanker truck flipped, spilled its load of gasoline and caught fire, snarling traffic for miles.

The fire was reported at 10:31 a.m. inside a tunnel-like underpass connecting southbound State Route 2 and southbound Interstate 5 near Glendale.

Fire officials warned of public hazards near manhole covers and storm drains in the area because of explosive runoff from the 7,500 gallon tanker’s spill.

Heavy traffic was reported in areas surrounding downtown, including Dodger Stadium, and on U.S. Highway 101, where drivers were stopped on roads that began to resemble parking lots.

CHP’s early reports of a fatality in the tunnel were corrected after further investigation by fire officials. No injuries have been reported.

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