Big rig overturns on 710 Freeway

Big rig overturns on 710 Freeway (KTLA-TV)

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) -- A portion of the 710 Freeway in Long Beach was shut down Friday morning, after a big rig accident took out part of the center divider.

The accident happened around 1:52 a.m. in the southbound lanes at Del Amo Boulevard.

According to the CHP, a big rig was traveling southbound at about 50 mph when he was cut off by another vehicle.

"He loses control of his vehicle and overturns, striking the center median wall [and] losing his trailer," CHP Sgt. Reggie Williams said.

Some of the debris from the median spilled over onto the northbound side of the freeway, which caused a second collision, Williams said.

A vehicle traveling northbound stopped to avoid the debris, and a second vehicle that was behind it couldn't stop in time.

Fortunately, there were no injuries because the people in the first car had gotten out of their vehicle.

The southbound lanes were closed for several hours as crews worked to clear the scene.

The CHP was only letting traffic through periodically in the far right lane.

All the lanes were re-opened as of about 6:30 a.m.