Fiery Big Rig Crash Slows Drive on 5 Freeway in Elysian Park

The big rig smashed through a concrete 5 Freeway divider before the cab caught fire

By Jonathan Lloyd and Toni Guinyard
|  Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013  |  Updated 10:14 AM PDT
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Traffic backed up Tuesday morning after a big rig crash on the 5 Freeway in the Elysian Park area.

Traffic backed up Tuesday morning after a big rig crash on the 5 Freeway in the Elysian Park area.

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The 5 Freeway was closed near Elysian Park for about four hours early Tuesday after a fiery big rig crash that damaged a freeway divider.

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The freeway was closed in both directions from Stadium Way to Fletcher Drive at about 3:30 a.m. Northbound lanes reopened at about 7:30 a.m., and the southbound side reopened a few minutes later, but traffic was backed up for miles in both directions during the morning commute.

"If you have an alternate route to get to work, take the alternate route," said CHP Sgt. Mike Alvarez.

The truck slammed through a concrete freeway divider, which caused a fuel spill and fire. Pieces of the divider were scattered on the road.

A tow vehicle arrived at the crash site at about 5:30 a.m. The burned cab was loaded onto a flatbed trailer. Another big rig towed the burned trailer from the location.

No injuries were reported in the crash.

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