Transition ramp reopened after 5 hour delay

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(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A large hole developed in a bridge on a freeway transition road as the result of a truck crash and flattened tires on more than 20 cars today.

A grid of steel rods was visible from traffic helicopter cameras in the hole, about 6 feet long and 3 feet wide, in the middle lane of the three-lane- wide bridge.

The problem was reported about 6:30 a.m. on the transition from the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway to the eastbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway, said California Highway Patrol Officer Pete Bishop.

A long line of immobilized cars was observed just south of the hole.

The hole developed the morning after a flatbed tow truck hauling a cement mixer crashed at the location about 8 p.m. Monday. No injuries were reported in the crash, and a temporary patch of the roadway was made.

“Due to the collision, the weight of the vehicles, and the positioning of the vehicles, the transition road was required to be closed for approximately five and a half hours in order to remove the vehicles and repair damage to the concrete roadway,” the CHP reported Tuesday night.

Traffic was allowed back onto the transition road early in the morning, but around daybreak the temporary repair failed, a Caltrans spokesman said.

Traffic was blocked in the transition road south of Mission Road, a dozen tow trucks were summoned, and crews worked to repair the hole.

About 1 p.m., one lane of the transition road was reopened, but the other two lanes remained closed so the patch could fully harden, Caltrans officials said. Those lanes were reopened about 2 p.m., the CHP reported.

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