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Big-rig accident closes 5 Freeway near Elysian Park

January 15, 2013 |  6:06 am

All lanes of 5 Freeway near Elysian Park are expected to be closed until at least 9 a.m. as the result of a big-rig crash, officials said early Tuesday.

At about 3:16 a.m., a driver lost control of a big rig, which hit the center divider and caught fire near the 2 Freeway, said Officer Ed Jacobs of the California Highway Patrol. No injuries were reported in the accident.

Traffic was backed up for miles in both directions as a result of the freeway closure. All lanes in both directions are expected to be closed for hours, Jacobs said.

Traffic is being diverted off the freeway at Fletcher Drive on the southbound side and at Stadium Way on the northbound side, officials said. Jacobs urged drivers to use an alternate route.

"You don't want to go in that area in general," he said. "It will affect traffic through the morning commute."

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