Pipes Removed From Downtown LA Freeway After Big Rig Crash

The driver of the truck was transported to the hospital in critical condition, according to fire officials.

By Samantha Tata and Alex Calder
|  Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013  |  Updated 5:14 AM PDT
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Pipes Removed From Freeway After Big Rig Crash

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Crews continued late Monday to clean up after a multi-vehicle crash overturned a big rig carrying a load of pipes, which were strewn across a freeway connector near Downtown Los Angeles.

The San Bernardino (10) and Hollywood (101) freeways were closed near the Mission Road off-ramp, according to a SigAlert issued for the area. The crash happened shortly after 7 p.m. on the 10 west connector to the 101 north, according to the alert.

Lanes reopened early Tuesday morning.

Traffic headed into Downtown Los Angeles was jammed for miles Monday night. By 11 p.m., the back up had largely dissipated but the connector remained closed.

Aerial footage of the scene showed a semi-truck on its side and dozens of large pipes strewn across the freeway.

Drivers traveling north on the 101 Freeway out of the East LA interchange are not being allowed any access to Downtown LA.

Drivers were diverted from the 10 west to the nortbound 5 Freeway, which was backed up to the 60 Freeway, according to the SigAlert as of 9:15 p.m. California Highway Patrol officers were rerouting motorists from the 101 north to the 10 east.

The driver of the truck had to be extricated and was transported to the hospital in critical condition, said Erik Scott with LAFD. At least three vehicles, including the semi-truck, were involved in the crash.

Details of the crash or how the semi-truck overturned were not immediately available.

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