Motorists experienced an unexpected traffic jam Sunday when a big-rig tanker loaded with 9,400 gallons of propane fuel rolled over on the 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks.
The rollover north of the transition road from the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway to the eastbound Ventura (101) Freeway yielded just a small oil leak from the vehicle’s motor. There was no propane leak, no fire and no injury, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the scene at 6:52 a.m., Humphrey said.
The 51-year-old driver of the tanker was taken to an area hospital for precautionary reasons, the California Highway Patrol said.
Caltrans reported that the San Diego (405) Freeway was closed in both directions between the Ventura (101) Freeway and Burbank Boulevard for an unknown duration.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was in the process of coordinating the transfer of the 9,400 gallons of propane fuel on the overturned tanker to another vehicle, before the tanker is uprighted and removed by a private tow service, Humphrey said.
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