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Truck fire closes portion of 5 Freeway in Elysian Valley area

Truck fire closes portion of 5 Freeway in Elysian Valley area
No one was hurt in a dramatic fire at the 5 and 2 freeway interchange in the Elysian Valley area on Saturday, June 13, 2013 near Glendale. (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

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

The truck was carrying 7,500 gallons of fuel, according the Los Angeles Fire Department

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Traffic over the top of the tunnel was halted in the northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway at the interchange, according to CHP Officer Ed Jacobs. Motorists should use the 101 and 134 freeways as alternate routes, according to the CHP.

As of 12:10 p.m., all southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were reopened. Northbound lanes remain closed at the 2 Freeway.

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Although there were some initial reports of injuries and one death due to the fire, which was reported about 10:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department said there is no indication anyone was hurt in the mishap. The truck driver was said to be uninjured, fire spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Humphrey said there were reports of a "potential public hazard near manhole covers/storm drains in the area due to explosive runoff" from the overturned truck.

-- Bob Pool and Samantha Schaefer, Los Angeles Times

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