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Traffic easing at East L.A. interchange after big rig overturns

October 11, 2012 | 12:16 pm

Approximate location of incident shown in black.

Traffic snarls around the East Los Angeles interchange -- caused by a three-axle truck overturning and subsequent lane closures -– are beginning to improve, the California Highway Patrol said.

The truck overturned about 7:46 a.m. Thursday on the transition road from the eastbound 10 Freeway to the northbound 5 Freeway, CHP Officer Ed Jacobs said.

The two-lane transition road was closed while crews tried to upright the overturned truck and clean up, causing gridlock on freeways near the area. It was reopened at 11:30 a.m., said CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos.

“Looks like traffic is flowing through the area smoothly … it did recover nicely,” Villalobos said. “We still have a little bit of residual, but it’s starting to clear up.”

Traffic had been particularly heavy on the 10, 5 and 60 freeways, authorities said.

The driver, who has not been identified, was carrying wood pallets in the truck, according to the CHP, and it is unclear if he was seriously injured in the accident. Authorities said no other cars or people were involved or injured in the crash.

Jacobs said speed was allegedly a main factor in the accident. “It has everything to do with the driver driving too fast,” he said.


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Map: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.