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After fiery gas-truck crash, 710-91 freeway transition remains closed in Long Beach

June 15, 2009 |  7:32 am

An entrance to the 710 Freeway from the 91 Freeway in Long Beach remained closed this morning after Saturday’s fiery crash of a tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline.

Caltrans engineer are scheduled to do inspections of the transition road and complete repairs. Motorists were being detoured onto Long Beach and Alondra boulevards

The truck was leaving the eastbound 91 to merge to the northbound 710 [see map] at about 5:45 p.m. when it hit a guardrail, rolled onto its side and ignited, the California Highway Patrol said in a statement.

71091crashThe 51-year-old driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.

 “The intensity of the fire was such that all that remained of the truck were its axles and small portions of the cab,” Jackawa Jackson of the Long Beach Fire Department said in a statement.

-- Shelby Grad

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