BURBANK (CBSLA) — A truck carrying 72,000 pounds of scrap metal overturned on the southbound 5 Freeway in Burbank early Tuesday.
The crash was first reported just after 3:30 a.m. after the truck crashed into a wall and overturned. Metal debris, including a water heater, was scattered across lanes
Northbound lanes remain open, but three right lanes and the Burbank offramp on the southbound side were shut down. The closure caused traffic to back up all the way to the 5/170 split in Arleta throughout the morning commute.
Front loaders were called in to help clean up the scrap metal from lanes.
The closure was initially expected to last until 10 a.m., but was later extended until noon, according to the California Highway Patrol. The freeway was fully reopened at about 11:30 a.m.