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Northbound 405 Freeway in Sepulveda Pass closed by diesel spill

October 19, 2012 |  6:53 am

Approximate location of incident shown in red.

All five northbound lanes on the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass were closed Friday, bringing commuter traffic to a halt as road crews mopped up a diesel fuel spill.

A diesel tanker likely ran over something on the roadway, puncturing a 50-gallon tank and leaking fuel across the freeway in front of the Getty Center, said California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs.

The Getty Center offramp was open but “there’s already a substantial backup,” he said.

Road crews have been working to clean up the mess since CHP officials received the call at 3:12 a.m., Jacobs said. He could not say when the lanes would reopen.

“It takes time to clean up that stuff,” he said.

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Map: Approximate location of incident shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

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