SILVERLAKE ( — 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.


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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