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Multiple big rigs crash on 5 Freeway by Newhall, snarling traffic

December 12, 2011 |  9:35 pm

Sylmar big-rig crash area
Dozens of firefighters Monday night were at the scene of a collision involving multiple big rigs on the southbound 5 Freeway near the 14 Freeway that left about four people injured and snarled traffic in the Newhall area.

One of the vehicles was a gas-tanker truck, which had leaked about 30 gallons of fuel, the California Highway Patrol said. Hazardous materials specialists were inspecting the truck.

About a dozen big rigs appeared to be involved in the accident, according to news footage aired on KCAL-TV Channel 9.

The extent of the victims' injuries was unclear. The accident was reported in the truck tunnel of the freeway about 8:30 p.m. About 55 firefighters were at the scene, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The CHP declared a SigAlert and shut down southbound lanes on the 14 Freeway and all the truck lanes on the 5 Freeway. The alert was expected to last several hours.


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Map shows area where the accident occurred. Credit: Times' Mapping L.A.