Lime Spill Puts Squeeze on 101 Freeway Drive in Studio City

Workers with brooms tried to sweep up the limes, then the fire department arrived with high-pressure hoses

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    A truck carrying limes crashed and overturned early Thursday, dumping its load of citrus fruit onto the 101 Freeway. Traffic was slow throughout the morning as crews tried to clean up the limes and juice. Raw Video: Oct. 18, 2012 (Published Thursday, Oct 18, 2012)

    Drivers encountered a traffic hazard -- and the invigorating scent of limes -- early Thursday when a citrus fruit truck overturned on the northbound 101 Freeway in the Studio City area. 

    The load of limes spilled out of a truck and onto the northbound 101 Freeway near the 170 Freeway interchange.

    The limes and lime juice -- freshly squeezed under the tires of passing vehicles -- covered several lanes. Traffic was slow through the area at about 6 a.m. as workers with brooms pushed the limes to the side of the road. An LAFD e-mail alert described road conditions as "similar to ice."

    Traffic was backing up to Barham Boulevard on the northbound 101 Freeway. Traffic on the westbound 134 Freeway also was affected by the spill, resulting in a backup that extended to the Pasadena area.

    The Tujunga Boulevard on-ramp to the northbound 101 Freeway reopened at about 7:40 a.m. At about 9 a.m., all lanes were closed as firefighters used high-pressure hoses to spray water on the freeway.

    The road reopened at about 10 a.m.

    The truck was on its side near the side of the freeway. There were no reports of injuries.

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