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One lane of southbound 5 Freeway near Norwalk closed after crash

July 3, 2012 |  7:42 am

At least one lane of the southbound 5 Freeway near Norwalk will remain closed into the afternoon Tuesday as crews work to repair guardrails damaged when a big rig apparently ricocheted into the center divider.

No one was injured in the 3 a.m. accident Tuesday but the collision damaged the guardrail.

One of the lanes of the southbound freeway will remain closed at San Antonio Drive while officials work to repair the right guardrail but the other two lanes will remain open through rush hour, said California Highway Patrol officer Monica Posada.

From 10 to 11 a.m., the No. 1 lane will be closed so workers can repair the center divider, but another lane will be reopened in its place.

Posada said it was unclear when all lanes would open. But she said the closures would "absolutely not" extend into the evening commute.  

Officials say a call came in just after 3 a.m. that a big rig had hit a right shoulder railing on the freeway, then the center divider.

Officer Anthony Martin said the crashes jarred loose the big rig's fuel tanker, which rolled from the freeway onto San Antonio Drive. Posada said no fuel was spilled on the freeway.

Los Angeles County fire inspector Brian Riley said crews were cleaning up about 75 gallons of fuel. Posada said the spill was contained to side streets like San Antonio Drive and was not on the freeway itself.


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