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Two lanes on westbound 210 Freeway in Sylmar reopen after tanker truck overturns

Two lanes on westbound 210 Freeway in Sylmar reopen after tanker truck overturns
A tanker truck that overturned prompted the California Highway Patrol to close all westbound lanes on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar. Two lanes have reopened. (OnScene.TV)

A portion of the 210 Freeway in Sylmar remain closed into the afternoon Tuesday after a tanker truck overturned and spilled about 2,000 gallons of liquid asphalt across several lanes.

Two lanes on the westbound portion of the freeway leading to the northbound 5 Freeway onramp have reopened. Two other lanes and a transition road to the southbound 5 Freeway will remain closed indefinitely as crews continue to clean up the spill, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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All lanes were expected to have been cleared and reopened by 10 a.m., but as of noon, there were still closures, CHP officials said.

Authorities closed the westbound section of the freeway from Yarnell Street to the 5 Freeway onramp for roughly eight hours after a semi-truck veered off the freeway into an embankment and overturned about 11:40 p.m. Monday.

Video from the scene showed firefighters pulling the driver from the truck. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, authorities said.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

11:53 a.m.: This article was updated with information about a second lane reopening.

8:50 a.m.: This article was updated with news of one lane reopening.

6:20 a.m.: This article was updated with the stretch of lane closures.

This article was originally published at 6:10 a.m.

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