5 Freeway Reopens After Tanker Crash - NBC Southern California

5 Freeway Reopens After Tanker Crash

The overturned tanker collided early Monday with a Prius



    5 Freeway Reopens After Tanker Crash

    The southbound 5 Freeway was shut down early Monday as crews attempted to remove an overturned tanker.

    The tanker, loaded with 6,000 gallons of butane, collided with a car on the southbound 5 Freeway and flipped on its side, the California Highway Patrol said.

    The big rig collided with a Toyota Prius at 3:03 a.m., at  the McBean Parkway exit. The CHP issued a SigAlert  issued at 3:21 a.m., and reopened the far left lanes at 4:39 a.m.

    The road was closed in both directions at about 6:30 a.m. as crews prepared to remove the tanker. The northbound lanes were reopened at about 7:30 a.m. The southbound lanes reopened at about 8:30 a.m.

    It was expected to take at least two hours to get the tanker back on  its wheels. The CHP said the tanker did not leak any butane. 

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