LAKEWOOD ( — Two southbound lanes of the 605 Freeway in Lakewood remained closed Wednesday after a tanker truck overturned and spilled thousands of gallons of fuel.

The accident took place around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday on the freeway at the Carson Street on ramp, according to the California Highway Patrol.

An SUV entering the freeway lost control on the rain-slicked roadway and collided with the gas tanker. The truck then crashed into the center divider, overturned and spilled about 2,268 gallons of fuel.

The driver of the SUV suffered minor lacerations and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

“He was evaluated, and he was not under the influence of any alcohol or drugs. It was simply a matter of driving too fast in the rain,” Officer Jeremy Tolen said.

Due to the amount of fuel spilled, firefighters used infrared cameras to assess the situation before proceeding with caution.

Environmental crews were using fire-suppression foam, water and Simple Green cleanser across each lane.


All southbound lanes were closed overnight. Three lanes were reopened by 11:30 a.m., the CHP said.

All lanes are expected to be open by 4 p.m., a CHP official told CBS2/KCAL9’s Jasmine Viel.


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