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134 Freeway to close nightly for repairs after tanker explosion

April 9, 2012 |  3:48 pm

 

The westbound 134 Freeway will undergo nightly repairs after a gasoline tanker explosion that caused a massive fire and closed the road for several hours Sunday.

About 1,000 of feet of both metal guardrail and asphalt need to be replaced after authorities say a drunk driver struck the tanker, which then slammed into the guardrail and overturned.

The accident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, just east of the 5 Freeway in Glendale.

Patrick Chandler, a spokesman for the California Department of Transportation, said pavement on the far right No. 3 lane also needs repair, and residents should expect nightly full-freeway closures to "take place in the next several days."

"People traveling late at night might run into some delays," Chandler said. "But we don’t want people to think this is going to be some major undertaking. For some people it will go under the radar."

Chandler classified the damage as "external" and emphasized that the road is safe for drivers. He said a slip ramp that runs parallel to the closed area will remain open as a detour option.

Hakop Maghakyan, 25, of Glendale, was cited Sunday for misdemeanor DUI in connection with rear-ending the tanker. He was later released, and authorities say no one was hurt in the incident.

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--Matt Stevens

Twitter.com/mattstevensLAT

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