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Freeway explosion: Stay off the 60, commuters told

December 14, 2011 |  2:48 pm

Commuters are being warned to stay away from the heavily-traveled 60 Freeway east of downtown Los Angeles after a tak truck exploded in Montebello.

The stretch of freeway is likely to be closed until Thursday as authorities cleared the charred truck, cleanse the highway of any toxins and inspect an overpass for damage.

Drivers in the area are being told to expect "two- to three-hour delays at this point," said Officer Luis Mendoza, a public information officer for the California Highway Patrol.

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Traffic is being diverted in both directions while the firefighters work to mop up after the blaze.

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.

-- Angel Jennings