Fwy Interchange Remains Closed Week After Fiery Tanker Crash

A truck blew a tire and exploded into flames in a tunnel last week at the Golden State (5) and Glendale (2) freeway interchange.

By City News Service
|  Sunday, Jul 21, 2013  |  Updated 12:00 PM PDT
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Overturned Truck Snarls Traffic

The charred carcass of a tanker truck sits in a tunnel after exploding into flames on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the junction of the Glendale and Golden State freeways north of Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.

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RAW VIDEO: Firey Big Rig Crash on 5 Fwy

A big rig filled with 7,500 gallons of gas exploded in flames on the Golden State (5) Freeway, jamming traffic and causing fears of environmental damage from runoff into the nearby LA River on Saturday, July 13, 2013.

Fuel Spill, Fire Prompts Long-Term Closure of Interchange

The tunnel on the Glendale (2) Freeway at the Golden State (5) Freeway interchange was expected to be closed for at least two weeks after a fuel tanker truck crashed and caught fire, spilling some 8,500 gallons of gas, authorities said. Reggie Kumar reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2013.
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All lanes on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway connector to the southbound Glendale (2) Freeway was scheduled to be closed from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to allow for repairs to damage sustained in a fiery tanker crash July 13.

Detours will be posted and the closure is subject to change, Patrick Chandler of Caltrans said.

"The intense heat from the tanker fire caused extensive damage to the pavement, walls, support structures, drainage, and lighting within the northbound Glendale (2) Freeway/northbound Golden State (5) Freeway connector tunnel," Chandler said.

The tanker crash and subsequent fire occurred last Saturday. The driver, who was hauling about 8,500 gallons of fuel, escaped with only minor injuries.

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