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Two lanes of 710 Freeway open after major liquid asphalt spill

November 20, 2012 |  6:33 am

The northbound 710 Freeway remained snarled in Bell Gardens early Tuesday after a truck dumped thousands of gallons of liquid asphalt across the roadway.

The two left lanes of the freeway were reopened shortly before 6 a.m., California Highway Patrol said. Officer Francisco Villalobos said the remaining lanes were expected to stay closed until 8:30 a.m.

The crash happened about 8:30 p.m. Monday when the big-rig collided with several cars just north of Firestone Boulevard. KTLA reported at least three people suffered minor injuries in the collision; Villalobos said the CHP had not received any reports of major injuries.

Television images showed a significant traffic backup in the area during the morning commute.

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— Kate Mather

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