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Tanker fire: Massive traffic delays create commute nightmare

December 15, 2011 |  8:53 am

Tanker fire causes traffic nightmare

Authorities are reporting major delays on the 210 and 10 Freeways on Thursday morning as commuters struggle to find alternate routes after a tanker truck fire shut down an eight-mile stretch of the 60 Freeway. 

All lanes are expected to remain closed in both directions on the 60 Freeway between the 605 and the 710 freeways through the weekend, said Officer Ed Jacobs, a public information officer at the California Highway Patrol.  

"Traffic is heavier in other freeways," he said.  "But it's still early. It could get worse."

PHOTOS: Fiery crash on the 60 Freeway

Jacobs advised commuters to take public transportation or, if possible, work from home.

The 10 Freeway is particularly jammed, with massive delays expected. The commute on the westbound freeway between the 57 Freeway and Interstate 5 is almost two hours, KTLA News reported.

On Wednesday, a tanker truck engine carrying thousands of gallon of fuel exploded under an overpass near Paramount Boulevard. The blaze caused structural damage to the bridge. Part of the overpass is scheduled to be torn down Thursday morning.

FULL COVERAGE: 60 Freeway

California Highway Patrol has tried to keep the public up-to-date with social media sites such as Twitter. Others have shared their own traffic experience and offered tips to help commuters navigate around the shutdown of the busy roadway. 

Elijah Quesada, 25, left his Hacienda Heights home earlier than usual to make the 30-minute commute to Vernon.  Using GPS and "knowledge of the streets," Quesada said it only took him 45 minutes to get to work after leaving home at 6 a.m.

The X-ray technician expressed patience even after experiencing some delays.

"We live in L.A.," he said.  "We live in traffic.  You have to learn to work around it."

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-- Angel Jennings

Photo: A gasoline tanker caught fire Wednesday on the eastbound 60 Freeway under the Paramount Boulevard bridge. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

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