A big rig hauling thousands of gallons of diesel fuel overturned Friday on an onramp to the northbound Harbor (110) Freeway in the Wilmington area, spilling part of its cargo but resulting in no injuries, authorities said.
The rig overturned about 12:55 p.m. on the Harry Bridges Boulevard onramp, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
“The big rig… was carrying a total load of 8,000 gallons diesel fuel cargo when it overturned on the freeway onramp,” Brian Humphrey of the LAFD said. “The leak from one compromised tank has stopped, as the tank contents are now below the `tear’ in that … tank.”
Firefighters contained the spilled diesel fuel, but about 1,800 gallons of the fuel leaked from the truck and may have entered the storm drain system before they arrived on scene, Humphrey said.
About 6,400 gallons of fuel were a safety transferred to a private contractor’s clean-up tank truck.
One Caltrans employee and one LAFD firefighter were overcome by the heat and were taken to a hospital for evaluation, Humphrey said.
The onramp was closed, along with the Nos. 3 and 4 northbound freeway lanes, while crews worked to clear the scene.
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