COMMERCE (AP) — A portion of a Los Angeles freeway has been reopened after a fiery tanker truck crash seriously injured the driver, prompted evacuation of nearby homes, and snarled traffic for hours.
The California Highway Patrol says several southbound lanes of Interstate 710 in Commerce were reopened in time for Monday morning’s commute.
The entire freeway was closed early Sunday after the tanker carrying about 8,000 gallons of gasoline crashed into a guard rail and burst into flames, sending thick black smoke into the air.
Fire officials said the flames spread to two parked trucks, caused damage to freeway railings, and the driver suffered serious burns.
Freeway lanes were shut most of the day as crews cleaned the wreckage and assessed the damage.
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