"Concrete Flying Everywhere" in 5 Freeway Crash Near Griffith Park

All lanes were closed early Thursday as crews attempted to clear concrete debris scattered on the freeway

By Annette Arreola and Jonathan Lloyd
|  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012  |  Updated 3:43 PM PDT
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Tristan Nillo was traveling southbound on the 5 Freeway when he heard a

Tristan Nillo was traveling southbound on the 5 Freeway when he heard a "boom" and struck concrete left behind after a big rig crash near Griffith Park. Annette Arreola reports for Today in LA on Thursday Nov. 29, 2012.

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A jack-knifed big rig slammed through a freeway divider and left pieces of concrete scattered on the 5 Freeway, leading to a road closure that slowed the Thursday morning drive near Griffith Park.

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The southbound side of the freeway reopened at about 6:30 a.m. Northbound lanes reopened later Thursday morning.

The wreck, one of several early Thursday, was reported at 2:21 a.m. just north of Colorado Street. The big rig was northbound on the 5 Freeway when it crashed through the freeway divider.

Several other vehicles struck concrete debris that was scattered on the road. 

"We saw big chunks of concrete flying everywhere," said Tristan Nillo, who was driving the southbound 5 Freeway.

Nillo's vehicle was one of several towed from the location. There were no reports of injuries.

At least 10 SigAlerts were issued Thursday morning. In Burbank, one person was killed early Thursday in a crash on the westbound 134 Freeway near Hollywood Way.

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