SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA) — A big-rig truck overturned on Sunday morning, spurring the closure of the 405 Freeway in the Sherman Oaks area.

The accident involving the propane tanker unfolded on the southbound lanes of the thoroughfare at Burbank Boulevard just after 7 a.m.

The Los Angeles City Fire Department has responded.

Though the big rig was fully loaded with 9,400 gallons of highly flammable liquid, no fire resulted. There have been no injuries, and no evacuations.

Officials report that debris was scattered across multiple lanes of the freeway. As of 2:20 p.m., however, crews managed to remove the overturned tanker from the freeway.

Motorists were told to take alternate routes.

LAFD was grateful the propane didn’t ignite.

A LAFD spokesperson told CBS2’s Greg Mills that had the propane ignited, the blast would have been felt a mile away.

“For the fact we didn’t have any significant fire or any significant injuries we found ourselves lucky,” said Erik Scott of the LAFD.

The 405 reopened about eight hours after the big rig overturned.


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