Truck fire: Dodger fans should plan ahead, use alternate routes

Angelenos heading to Dodger Stadium should allow for extra time and avoid the northbound 5 Freeway, officials said.

Traffic on the 5 Freeway in the Elysian Valley area was stopped Saturday morning when a tanker truck overturned and caught fire at a transition road tunnel at the interchange of the 2 and 5 freeways, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway are closed and the wreck will not be cleared for quite a while, said CHP Officer Ed Jacobs. Motorists can take the 110 or the 101 Freeway to reach the stadium, or use the southbound 5 if coming from the north, he said.

Public transportation is also an option, and the Dodgers list route options to the stadium on their website.

Traffic on the southbound 5 Freeway appeared to be moving smoothly several hours before the game against the Colorado Rockies, which begins at 4:15 p.m.

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-- Bob Pool and Samantha Schaefer, Los Angeles Times

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