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Big-rig accident on 5 Freeway in Burbank tangles morning commute [Updated]

October 27, 2009 |  7:30 am

Bigrig New: Interstate 5 reopened in Burbank after big-rig fire, multicar collision

[Updated at 11:44 a.m.: All lanes have now been reopened.]

[Updated at 11:20 a.m.: Interstate 5 has been reopened, but the two left northbound lanes remained closed for cleanup.]

Traffic is backed up in both directions on Interstate 5 in Burbank this morning after a big rig jackknifed and struck the center divider, causing a multi-car collision.

The 5:51 a.m. accident occurred on the northbound lanes near West Alameda Avenue, forcing the California Highway Patrol to close two northbound lanes and three southbound.

A SigAlert will be in effect for about seven hours while crews clean up the wreckage, CHP officials said.

The cause of the accident was under investigation, but officials said the truck’s cab caught fire and that four or five cars were involved. Initial reports indicated that drivers and passengers suffered minor-to- moderate injuries.

-- Baxter Holmes

Photo: Aerial view of big-rig accident on Interstate 5. Credit: KTLA

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