Freeway explosion: Tanker truck fire damages 60 Freeway, overpass
Fire continues to engulf the truck, which has been under the bridge for almost two hours. Firefighters battling the blaze said they have observed pieces of metal and concrete dropping from the overpass, said Officer Luis Mendoza, a public information officer at the California Highway Patrol.
All lanes are closed and traffic is being diverted. The Los Angeles County Fire Department deemed the area a safety hazard. Mendoza said the interstate might be closed until Thursday.
"This is the type of situation where we have to get Caltran and LAFD to look at structural damage," he said.
The overpass was damaged enough that authorities will have to determine its safety before motorists can use it.
“We believe the integrity of the over-crossing is compromised,” he said.
No injuries were reported. The cause of the explosion is still unknown.
The 60 Freeway was shut down in both directions at the 710 Freeway, and traffic was backed up into downtown Los Angeles.
-- Angel Jennings and Ari Bloomekatz
Photo: A tanker truck burns beneath the Paramount Boulevard overpass on the eastbound 60 Freeway in Montebello.
Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times