Fiery Tanker Crash Closes All Lanes

Fiery Tanker Truck Crash Closes All Lanes

On July 13, 2013 travelers had a bit of trouble getting to their destinations on that Saturday. A fiery tanker truck had crashed and forced the closure of all the northbound lanes of the 5 at the transition to the 2. There were also some closings of the the Southbound lanes.

According to the news release, all of the northbound 5 lanes were reopened by eleven o’clock on Monday evening. Luckily by five o’clock the next morning on Tuesday, all of the Southbound lanes were reopened.

The officials said that only the transition tunnel from the Northbound 2 to the Northbound 5 had remained closed indefinitely.

Caltrans Spokesman, Mike Miles Statement about the Tanker Crash

We will continue working until we can open as many lanes as we can safely. The fire did some extensive damage to the tunnel, therefore it’s requiring quite a bit of work and investigation.

The fiery crash happened around ten:thirty in the morning on Saturday. The Tanker was carrying 8,500 gallons of Gas and had blew a tire.

According to the officials the truck then crashed and had overturned inside of the busy tunnel. This was at the interchange of the 2 and 5 freeways.

A fire soon started and quickly grew due to the thousand of gallons of gas inside of the tanker truck‘s tank.

Fire Captain, Alicia Mathis described the Flame from the Fiery Crash

In my 24 years, I’ve never seen damage to that extent.

The heat was so overwhelming that the fire had vaporized the vehicle including the metal frame.

The driver of the Tanker suffered from some injuries but is expected to be ok.

According to City Councilman, Tom Labonge. The police officials were taking the correct steps to ease the traffic congestion on the side streets which was a result of the freeway closures.

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