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Lanes cleared after accidents jam morning commute on the 210 and 5 freeways [Updated]

Traffic is slow for many commuters this morning after a multivehicle crash with "major injuries" on the 210 Freeway required a medical helicopter to land on the roadway not long after a big-rig carrying 5,000 pounds of broken glass overturned on the 5 Freeway, authorities said.

The crash on the eastbound 210 Freeway near Lake Avenue occurred at about 5:40 a.m. and at least three vehicles were involved, said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos. He said all the lanes on the eastbound side of the Foothill Freeway were closed when the helicopter landed and that two lanes remained closed. [Updated at 8:55 a.m.: All lanes of the 210 Freeway are now open, the CHP reports.]

Traffic was slow on the westbound commute all the way to California 57, about 15 miles away. Traffic also was slow on the westbound 10 Freeway as commuters sought to avoid the back-up on the 210, Villalobos said.

The 5 Freeway was reopened this morning after the big-rig carrying broken glass overturned. The crash scattered glass shards across the lanes and traffic was backed up for miles. The dump truck pulling two trailers containing the glass flipped over about 4:40 a.m. on the northbound 5 Freeway near the Broadway exit, covering the roadway with glass, Villalobos said. No injuries were reported. Authorities shut down all lanes while a sweeper truck moved the glass over to the right lanes.

Traffic was backed up about two miles into downtown L.A., and the southbound freeway also was backed up from drivers slowing down to look at the scene, Villalobos said. Three left lanes were reopened about an hour later. All lanes were reopened around 7:45.

Two passenger vehicles were moderately damaged, Villalobos said, but it was not immediately clear how they had been involved.

-- Victoria Kim and Ari B. Bloomekatz

Photo: Traffic starts to move again on the 5 Freeway after crews removed 5,000 pounds of broken glass from the roadway. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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Comments () | Archives (5)

I leave for work early and you should see how these idiots drive that early in the morning.

The 210 exit onto Lake has to be one of the most poorly designed and dangerous intersections I've seen in LA. The merge of the 210 traffic from the right and the 134 traffic from the left, plus an exit just a few hundred yards afterwards on the right is outrageously negligent planning. These kind of accidents are going to continue for quite a while.

Adding more lanes is not the solution here. The lake avenue offramps need to be moved to another street further to the east.

Well the 110 Pasadena freeway exit and on ramp after passing the 5 North tunnel is way more ridiculous than the Lake off ramp off the 210... You need to go from zero to 60 mph in about three to four feet... and 60 mph to a full stop in about the same distance...

What happened this morning on the I-5 South around 1 AM or so, just south of the 710 turn-off? Any information on this? I saw the coroners van go by, and the whole free-way was blocked-off, but haven't been able to find any information on it.

I too was on the southbound 5 at 1am this morning and saw the coroners van go by. It was about a 90 minute delay - all lanes were closed and everyone had to get off the freeway and follow a 15 minute or so detour. I haven't been able to find any info on it either...?


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