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Big Rig Crash, Fire Shuts Down 5 Freeway In Silverlake

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SILVERLAKE (CBSLA.com) — A fiery big rig crash prompted the closure of all lanes on both sides of Interstate 5 for more than four hours Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The accident, which took place just south of the Glendale (2) Freeway, was reported around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday when a big rig crashed into the center median and caught fire.

“My trailer tires just locked. I tried to control it and I can’t,” the driver said.

“The cab of the big rig became fully engulfed. The driver was able to extricate himself without any injuries,” Sgt. Mike Alvarez said.

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Northbound traffic was diverted at Stadium Way, while southbound traffic was diverted at Flecher Drive.

The CHP reopened both sides of the freeway around 7:30 a.m.

No other injuries were reported. It was unclear what caused the crash.

The big rig’s trailer was empty at the time of the accident.

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