LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to the fiery tanker truck accident that forced the closure of the Pomona (60) Freeway in Montebello.

“It is hereby ordered that all agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the California

Emergency Management Agency and the State Emergency Plan,” Brown’s declaration stated.

Crews have been working overnight since the crash to demolish the Paramount Boulevard bridge.

Between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., westbound traffic is being diverted at San Gabriel Boulevard and allowed to return to the freeway at Markland Drive, while eastbound traffic from Wilcox Avenue to San Gabriel Boulevard is restricted to one lane, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Brown’s declaration of a state of emergency instructs Caltrans to make a formal request for immediate assistance through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program to obtain federal funds for highway repairs or reconstruction.

Comments (15)
  1. Brandon Lee says:

    State of Emergency? Isn’t the truck’s insurance supposed to be paying for this? Why is the tax payer on the hook for this???

    1. ART says:

      The reason the taxpayers have to pay is because the Montebello city council is corrupt. This is the perfect situation for the city council to ask for money and than make is dissappear into oversea bank accounts. And of course the state of California is ever more corrupt they will get their cut of state of emergency money. Some people are going to get rich off this scheme.

    2. Jay says:

      The insurance should pay for it all if they have a $10,000,000 umbrella over the auto policy…

    3. james says:

      How long you think that section of the freeway will stay closed until the insurance company “investigate” the event. You know they will drag this out as long as possible. On the other hand have the tax payer make the payment first and then have the insurance company reimburse the cost.
      Art – Montebello does not own the freeway. It is build and maintained by the state of California. So your arguement is flawed. If you do not like CA then you are free to leave. No one is forcing you to stay.

  2. Art says:

    The company probably doesn’t have that much insurance

  3. Mel Gibson says:

    Yea Branden Art’s Right. Duhhhhh

  4. Phiilip says:

    Truck was probably minority owned and operated. Requiring them to pay would equate to insensitivity & racism.

  5. joe kaka says:

    state of emergency my cul#@$, let’s do a emergency recall election. adio pelon. the truck insurance and the oil company should be paying for this. W.T.F.

  6. Stevve says:

    Why wasn’ t it a state of emergency when they closed the whole 405?

  7. Pshhh says:

    Wow, talk about crying wolf…Can’t wait till this numbnut is out of office.

    Oh, ouch…I have a hang-nail, call for medivac and have a level 1 trauma center go on stand by.

  8. brian says:

    the gov and the state of ca is nothing about crouption great depression anyone

  9. ray says:

    the insurance will not pay soon enough for this. if they wait for that the freeway will be down a lot longer so the state will fund this and get paid back from the insurance if at all because as others stated the trucking co MAYNOT have been insured enough for this

  10. Whisky…Tango… Foxtrot says:

    PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Vote Libertarian, we must tell the government and the media to stop shoving this two party system down our throats, look at where it has gotten us. Please check out the Libertarian web site.

  11. Gene Rodmy says:

    I don’t like all this reporting on the tanker. What a keen idea for terrorists now. That’s all it takes to generate $20-30 million in damage plus traffic issues?

  12. DMike Hunt says:

    HAHAHAHA…Kalifornia is such a JOKE! PLEASE….just fall into the sea and take the demorats amd illegals with you! That huge “sucking sound” is kalifornia swirling down the toilet.

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