The big rig that was carrying hazardous chemicals. Courtesy of OnScene.TV
The big rig that was carrying hazardous chemicals. Courtesy of OnScene.TV

Traffic woes finally eased on the Golden State (5) Freeway near Castaic Thursday morning, when all freeway lanes were reopened at the location where a big rig had slid down an embankment while hauling a load of hazardous chemicals.

The California Highway Patrol cleared the lanes and reopened the freeway at 2:25 a.m.

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 snarled traffic for nearly 28 hours.

CHP 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 No. 2, 3 and 4 lanes, triggering a SigAlert declaration at 11:41 p.m. Tuesday.

The No. 2 lane was reopened about 3:50 Wednesday afternoon, the CHP said.

—Staff and wire reports

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