Interstate 5 Reopens After Fuel Tanker Crashes In Burbank

BURBANK (CBS) — All lanes of Interstate 5 were closed between Sunland Boulevard and Hollywood Way early Thursday morning after a crash involving a fuel tanker.

The tanker, which was carrying 4,800 gallons of gasoline, was involved in a collision with two other vehicles just south of Glenoaks Boulevard at 10:35 p.m. Wednesday, California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball said.

Southbound lanes reopened at 3:55 a.m. and northbound lanes – where the accident occurred – were reopened just before 6 a.m.

Firefighters worked overnight to clear fuel that was leaking toward the center divider, Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

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  • FN Cee

    Well Done!!! … No Big Bang! … Gold Stars to all …

  • Cheese Wonton

    I drove tankers to pay for grad school. It looks like somone spun or somehow collided with the trailer and damaged the plumbing underneath the cargo tank. I came very close to that exact situation a couple of times. Both times the car that hit the tanker I was driving struck the tires and missed the plumbing. In both cases the car was totaled and the tanker more or less undamaged other than scuffed up tires. We learned that if someone does something stupid on the highway, don’t even think about swerving to avold the collision. You will just orll over. Slow down gently and let them hit you. It’s pretty hard to destroy one of those tankers unless the dirver rolls it over. The car that hits you always looses.
    Gold stars indeed this time. Bravo.

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