Southbound 710 Freeway closed near Bell after overturned gas tanker ignites

Overturned gas tanker forces shutdown of 710 Freeway in Bell

The southbound 710 Freeway near Vernon remained shut down on Sunday night after a gasoline truck earlier in the day overturned and ignited, sending a plume of black smoke that was visible from miles away, authorities said.

The overturned truck was reported at 3:27 p.m. on the southbound 710 Freeway near Florence Avenue in Bell, said Cheryl Sims, a supervising dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department

The northbound side of the freeway had been closed but reopened shortly after 9:15 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The southbound side of the freeway remained closed "until further notice" at Atlantic and Bandini boulevards, according to CHP spokesman Officer Peter Bishop.

The truck was hauling two fuel tanks with about 8,500 gallons of gasoline when it toppled over, fire officials said. 

The fire was contained by 4:30 p.m., officials said. No injuries were reported.

The Fire Department sent more than 50 firefighters to the scene, including teams trained in handling hazardous materials.

It's unclear what caused the truck to overturn.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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9:27 p.m.: This story has been updated with information that the northbound lanes have reopened.

5:07 p.m.: This story has been updated with information that the fire has been contained.

This story was originally published at 4:15 p.m.

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