Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Road debris apparently cut a hole in an oil tanker causing it to leak up to 60 gallons of diesel fuel on the northbound Long Beach (710) Freeway in East Los Angeles, the California Highway Patrol said Saturday.

The incident began at 11 p.m. Friday on the northbound Long Beach Freeway south of the Pomona (60) Freeway, said CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos.

The original estimate was 30 gallons of diesel spilled but a CHP officer told a news videographer at the scene the spill was up to 60 gallons.

The CHP issued a SigAlert diverting all northbound Long Beach Freeway traffic to the northbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway. It then issued a SigAlert shutting down the transition from the northbound Santa Ana Freeway to the northbound Long Beach Freeway, Villalobos said. The roadways were reopened just after 3 a.m.

Los Angeles County Firefighters worked to keep the diesel fuel out of drains until Caltrans crews arrived to clean it up.

—City News Service

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