Crews Clean Up Diesel Fuel From Crash on NB 5 Freeway

Diesel fuel that spilled out of an overturned big rig tanker temporarily shut down the northbound lanes of the Golden State (5) Freeway in Atwater Village Wednesday morning.

The crash and the spill, which occurred at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 5 at Los Feliz Boulevard, prompted the closure of all lanes, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The tank of the truck, which carried 1800 gallons of diesel fuel, was punctured and leaked nearly all its content on the freeway, Humphrey said.

There were no injuries, no fires and no evacuation, Humphrey said, but crews did respond to the scene and all leaked fuel was contained.

The LAFD was working with the California Highway Patrol and the truck owner to coordinate a private vacuum truck to transfer the contents as well as a tow for the truck, Humphrey said.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, said CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos.

All northbound lanes were closed until about 5:10 a.m., when two of the lanes were reopened. The remaining lanes were reopened about 9 a.m., the CHP reported.


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