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Tanker fire: Portions of 60 Freeway reopen

December 16, 2011 |  6:46 am

Portions of the 60 Freeway were reopened Friday morning after a gasoline tanker exploded, burning a bridge and forcing closure of the roadway
Portions of the 60 Freeway were reopened Friday morning after a gasoline tanker exploded, burning a bridge and forcing closure of the roadway, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Eastbound lanes of the freeway reopened at San Gabriel Boulevard but remained closed between the 710 Freeway and Paramount Boulevard, according to a CHP report.

Westbound lanes reopened at Garfield Avenue but remain closed between Rosemead Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue.

The freeway was closed Wednesday after a big rig carrying 8,800 gallons of gasoline caught fire while heading east on the freeway and came to a stop under the Paramount Boulevard overpass.

Work crews hired by Caltrans are demolishing the bridge over the eastbound lanes. A determination on whether to demolish the bridge over westbound lanes will come later Friday. Caltrans officials said the freeway will fully reopen Saturday at the earliest.

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-- Sam Quinones
twitter.com/samquinones7

Photo: Crews work Thursday to clear the damaged bridge over the 60 Freeway. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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