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Big rig crash on 5 Freeway: One lane on each side closed

July 3, 2012 | 11:23 am

A big rig lost a fuel tank over the side of the 5 freeway in Norwalk.

One northbound and one southbound lane of the 5 Freeway near Norwalk will remain closed until 3 p.m. as workers repair the center median after a big rig collision Tuesday morning.

The semi apparently ricocheted into the center divider at 3 a.m. No one was injured, but the guardrails and divider were damaged.

A SigAlert was issued about 9:55 a.m. for both sides of the freeway between Firestone Boulevard and Imperial Highway.

Traffic was snarled in both directions for several miles as a result.

The driver of the big rig veered to the right early Tuesday for "unknown reasons" and upon hitting the guard rail, a fuel tank was shaken loose, the California Highway Patrol said in a statement.

The dislodged tank traveled several feet through the air and landed on a Chevrolet truck traveling north on Norwalk Boulevard, the statement said.

The driver of the big rig was identified by CHP officials as Dagoberto Torrez, 53, of Camarillo. The Chevy driver was Samuel Garcia, 68, of Wilmington.

Neither motorist was injured or arrested, officials said.   

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-- Matt Stevens

Twitter.com/mattstevenslat

Photo: A big rig lost a fuel tank over the side of the 5 freeway Tuesday morning. Credit: KTLA-TV, Channel 5

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