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Traffic getting back to normal on 91 Freeway

May 29, 2010 |  8:15 am

Chain reaction

Traffic on the 91 Freeway was finally getting back to normal Saturday morning after the freeway was closed for much of Friday by a chain-reaction crash that caused a tanker truck fire.

The accident closed one of the Southland's busiest freeways for more than eight hours, creating havoc for hundreds of thousands of commuters and other motorists trying to get a start on the Memorial Day weekend.

Traffic backed up for miles in Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino counties starting about 10:30 a.m. Friday after the truck, loaded with 8,800 gallons of gasoline, overturned and burned in the eastbound lanes of the freeway in Corona.

Drivers reported delays of three hours or more as they were forced to use jammed surface streets.

California Highway Patrol officers said three people were taken to hospitals for minor to moderate injuries. The tanker truck driver was not injured.

-- Dan Weikel

Photo: A tanker truck burns Friday after it was involved in a chain-reaction crash. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times