Tanker Crash, Fuel Spill Close Freeway for Nearly 12 Hours - NBC Southern California

Tanker Crash, Fuel Spill Close Freeway for Nearly 12 Hours

The closure extended into Wednesday morning's drive, stopping traffic on the freeway northeast of Long Beach

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    Tanker Crash, Fuel Spill Close Freeway for Nearly 12 Hours
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    A stretch of the southbound 605 Freeway and a northbound lane in the Lakewood area was shut down overnight Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2015 after a tanker truck overturned.

    A stretch of the southbound 605 Freeway in the Lakewood area remained closed at the start of the morning commute after a Tuesday night crash that involved an overturned tanker and fuel spill.

    The crash left two people trapped in a Nissan Armada SUV and spilled 3,500 gallons of gasoline across lanes. The SUV driver entered the freeway, lost control on the rain slick ramp and collided with the big rig, which was traveling at 55 MPH. 

    Crews were able to free the two occupants of the SUV. They were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

    The driver of the big rig was not seriously injured, fire officials said.

    The crash was reported just before 10 p.m. at Carson Street. By 9:30 a.m., crews continued the fuel cleanup and began opening lanes after a nearly 12-hour closure.

    Michael Larkin contributed to this report

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