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Lanes cleared after accidents jam morning commute on the 210 and 5 freeways [Updated]

October 5, 2009 |  8:09 am

Traffic is slow for many commuters this morning after a multivehicle crash with "major injuries" on the 210 Freeway required a medical helicopter to land on the roadway not long after a big-rig carrying 5,000 pounds of broken glass overturned on the 5 Freeway, authorities said.

The crash on the eastbound 210 Freeway near Lake Avenue occurred at about 5:40 a.m. and at least three vehicles were involved, said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos. He said all the lanes on the eastbound side of the Foothill Freeway were closed when the helicopter landed and that two lanes remained closed. [Updated at 8:55 a.m.: All lanes of the 210 Freeway are now open, the CHP reports.]

Traffic was slow on the westbound commute all the way to California 57, about 15 miles away. Traffic also was slow on the westbound 10 Freeway as commuters sought to avoid the back-up on the 210, Villalobos said.

The 5 Freeway was reopened this morning after the big-rig carrying broken glass overturned. The crash scattered glass shards across the lanes and traffic was backed up for miles. The dump truck pulling two trailers containing the glass flipped over about 4:40 a.m. on the northbound 5 Freeway near the Broadway exit, covering the roadway with glass, Villalobos said. No injuries were reported. Authorities shut down all lanes while a sweeper truck moved the glass over to the right lanes.

Traffic was backed up about two miles into downtown L.A., and the southbound freeway also was backed up from drivers slowing down to look at the scene, Villalobos said. Three left lanes were reopened about an hour later. All lanes were reopened around 7:45.

Two passenger vehicles were moderately damaged, Villalobos said, but it was not immediately clear how they had been involved.

-- Victoria Kim and Ari B. Bloomekatz

Photo: Traffic starts to move again on the 5 Freeway after crews removed 5,000 pounds of broken glass from the roadway. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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