The Long Beach 710 Freeway was closed at the San Diego (405) Freeway Saturday night after a big rig loaded with asphalt crashed into the center divider and overturned, leaving a smoky mess on the busy roadway, a California Highway Patrol officer said.
The crash was reported at 8:42 p.m. on the southbound 710 at Willow Street, according to Officer Christian Cracraft of the CHP Traffic Management Center.
Smoke from the asphalt led area residents and passersby to report a fire, but there were no flames, Cracraft said.
No injuries were reported.
All southbound lanes and Lanes 1 and 2 of the northbound Long Beach Freeway were shut down while Caltrans workers cleaned up the mess, he said.