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Some lanes reopen after multi-vehicle crash on the 5 Freeway

August 24, 2012 |  7:23 pm


This post has been updated.

Authorities have reopened some lanes of the 5 Freeway in Burbank as they work to clear a multi-vehicle crash that has jammed Friday evening traffic for miles in both directions.

One southbound lane and two northbound lanes remain closed at Buena Vista Street, near Bob Hope Airport, said Officer Christian Cracraft of the California Highway Patrol.

[Updated at 10:35 p.m.: By 9.30 p.m., all lanes had reopenned, said CHP Officer Patrick Kimball.]

It was not immediately clear what had caused the crash. Shortly before 5 p.m., the driver of a southbound big rig apparently lost control and hit the center divider, ending up in northbound lanes, Cracraft said.

Firefighters are trying to mop up about 100 gallons of diesel fuel that leaked from the truck’s tanks on both sides of the freeway, said Capt. Peter Hendrickson of the Burbank Fire Department.

Four other vehicles were involved in the crash, including a tow truck with a car in tow, officials said. But there were no reports of serious injuries.

“We’re very fortunate that our biggest concern is the fuel spill,” Hendrickson said.


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Photo: A Burbank firefighter examines the wreckage of a big rig that crashed into the center divider of the 5 Freeway in Burbank. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times