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A portion of the Pomona (60) Freeway in Pomona was closed for at least four hours Friday when about 80 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the highway from a crash involving two tractor-trailers.

The crash occurred a little after 2:30 a.m. on the eastbound freeway east of Phillips Ranch Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. No one was injured.

A 53-year-old man driving a 2009 Volvo big rig made an unsafe lane change and struck the right front of a 2011 Peterbilt tractor trailer that was driven by a 50-year man, according to the CHP.

The impact caused the left side of the Volvo’s fuel tank to rupture and spill diesel fuel onto the roadway. Both truckers drove to the right shoulder of the freeway, with the Volvo continuing to spill fuel onto the highway, officials said.

Authorities determined that about 80 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the Volvo onto the number five lane of the freeway and onto the right shoulder. Also, approximately five to six gallons spilled into a storm drain.

The two right lanes were closed for about four hours to allow for clean up. All lanes of traffic were reopened a little after 7 a.m.

–City News Service

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