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3 lanes of southbound 5 reopen in Newhall; diesel spill had forced shutdown

Three southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Santa Clarita reopened early Saturday after a diesel spill had forced a shutdown of over three hours, the CHP reported.

A big rig spilled about 150 gallons of diesel fuel on the freeway at Calgrove Boulevard about 8:40 p.m.,  forcing the closure of all southbound lanes.

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Officers diverted vehicles at the Lyons Avenue exit and allowed traffic back on the freeway at the Calgrove Boulevard on-ramp.

Traffic in the area was backed up for miles.

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