Tanker crash fire closes I-5 in LA

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(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP/CNS) – 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, possibly 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.

Caltrans officials have cleared the way to reopen most of the freeway ramps, with two major closures remaining. The northbound Golden State (5) Freeway is closed, with all traffic diverted to the northbound Glendale (2) Freeway.

The tunnel linking the southbound 2 to the southbound 5 also remains closed. Early CHP reports of one possible fatality are not correct, as L.A. city fire now reports it has not found any bodies in the tunnel.

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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