A big rig hauling a load of hazardous chemicals veered off the Golden State (5) Freeway and down an embankment in the Angeles National Forest near Castaic, causing no injuries but shutting down three freeway lanes. Photo via OnScene.TV.
A big rig hauling a load of hazardous chemicals veered off the Golden State (5) Freeway and down an embankment in the Angeles National Forest near Castaic, causing no injuries but shutting down three freeway lanes. Photo via OnScene.TV.

Traffic woes were continuing Wednesday night on the Golden State (5) Freeway near Castaic, where a big rig slid down an embankment while hauling a load of hazardous chemicals, shutting down three freeway lanes.

No other vehicles were involved in the non-injury crash, which happened just south of Vista Del Lago Road and north of Pyramid Lake about 11 p.m. Tuesday and was continuing to snarl traffic nearly 24 hours later.

California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said the truck veered off the freeway about 60 to 70 feet and then slid about 40 feet down an embankment. A hazardous materials team was summoned to the scene to offload the chemicals from the truck so it could be towed back up to the road, Villalobos said.

The accident shut down the number 2, 3 and 4 lanes, triggering a SigAlert declaration at 11:41 p.m. Tuesday.

The number two lane was reopened about 3:50 this afternoon, according to the CHP.

—City News Service

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