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Freeway explosion: Tanker truck fire may close 60 until Thursday

December 14, 2011 |  2:05 pm

Tanker explodes on 60 freeway
A tanker truck explosion on the 60 Freeway has jammed traffic east of downtown Los Angeles, with officials urging commuters to avoid the freeway near Paramount Boulevard and warning that the freeway could be closed until Thursday.

Drivers should expect "two- to three-hour delays at this point," said Officer Luis Mendoza, a public information officer for the California Highway Patrol.  "Avoid 60 all around."

Traffic is being diverted in both directions while the firefighters work to contain the blaze.  All lanes are closed and are not expected to open in time for the evening commute. It's unclear whether they will be open by morning, he said.

Eastbound traffic is being rerouted to Garfield and Wilcox avenues while westbound traffic is being redirected to San Gabriel Boulevard.

Mendoza suggests commuters take Interstate 10 or side streets like Beverly and Whittier boulevards to move past the area of the incident.

No injuries were reported in the blaze.  The driver is working with authorities to help determine the cause.


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Photo: A tanker burns beneath the Paramount overpass on the eastbound 60 Freeway in Montebello. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times