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Tanker fire: 60 Freeway may reopen midday Saturday

December 16, 2011 | 11:46 am

60 Freeway Dec 15
Caltrans officials said Friday that only one side of a bridge damaged in a tanker fire on the 60 Freeway in Montebello would have to be demolished and the entire freeway could be reopened by midday Saturday.

The development was good news for frustrated commuters after the freeway was closed Wednesday when a tanker carrying 8,800 gallons of gasoline exploded under the Paramount Boulevard overpass.

Demolition work on the bridge was delayed Thursday night by the discovery of a fiber-optic cable encased in asbestos that provides telephone service to a nearby neighborhood.

Work crews were making progress Friday over the eastbound lanes and TV news footage showed the bridge more than half gone.

The freeway had been closed between the 605 and the 710 freeways but portions were reopened Friday morning.

Eastbound lanes were open at San Gabriel Boulevard but remained closed between the 710 Freeway and Paramount Boulevard.

Westbound lanes were open at Garfield Avenue and remained closed between Rosemead Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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 -- Sam Quinones

twitter.com/samquinones7

Photo: The closed 60 Freeway on Thursday. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press

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