A jacknifed big rig spilled fuel on the San Diego Freeway near the Ventura Freeway in the San Fernando Valley on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012.
All lanes were flowing again Friday after a big rig crash on Thursday caused what some might have considered the "Carmaggedon No One Expected."
The freeway was shut down Thursday evening after a crash involving a big rig that jackknifed and spilled diesel fuel onto the 405 in Van Nuys.
The crash and spill blocked lanes and backed up rush-hour traffic for miles.
The crash was reported at 5:25 p.m. on the northbound San Diego Freeway at the eastbound Ventura (101) Freeway, said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. One big rig and at least two other vehicles collided, Scott said.
The crash resulted in a spill of diesel fuel and prompted the closure of all northbound lanes near the Ventura Freeway interchange, one of the nation's busiest, according to the California Highway Patrol.
All but the two far right lanes were reopened just after 8 p.m.
All but one far right lane and the Ventura off-ramp was reopened just before 9:30 p.m. All lanes were reopened by 10:45 p.m., according to the CHP Officer Patrick Kimball, who said no one was injured in the crash. Scott had said that at least one person was injured.