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Truck loaded with onions flips, causing traffic nightmare at East L.A. interchange

July 18, 2010 |  2:29 pm

A truckload of spilled onions brought tears to drivers on the Golden State and Pomona freeways for more than six hours Sunday, producing traffic havoc at one of Los Angeles' busiest freeway interchanges.

The incident began at 6:23 a.m. when a large truck carrying about 12,000 pounds of onions flipped on its side on a tightly curving ramp between the southbound 5 Freeway and the eastbound 60 Freeway, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Ed Jacobs.

Ramps to both the 60 and 5 freeways were blocked, and on the southbound 5 Freeway, traffic was diverted to the westbound 10 Freeway as Caltrans crews worked to clean up the spill.

The ramps were reopened at about 12:45 p.m.

The unidentified truck driver suffered minor injuries but was not transported to a hospital, Jacobs said. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash and whether the truck had a mechanical failure, Jacobs said.

-- Carla Rivera

Photo: Workers remove onions from the 5 Freeway on Sunday morning. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times