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Two northbound lanes of the San Diego (5) Freeway in San Clemente could remain closed through Monday morning’s rush hour while workers clean up and from an overturned big rig loaded with produce, authorities said.

Lanes No. 3 and 4 of the freeway were shut down just south of the Avenida Pico on-ramp while Caltrans workers repair 60-80 ft. of  damaged guard rail and clean up a diesel spill, including about 20 gallons down a storm drain, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Just before 5 a.m., the CHP extended the SigAlert until 9 a.m.

The truck overturned at about 8:52 p.m. Sunday, the CHP said. A witness said smoke was coming from the tires prior to the rollover.

Orange County Fire Authority firefighters used an “absorbent” to pick up as much of the spilled diesel as possible from the roadway, said OCFA Capt. Steve Concialdi. The driver was not injured.

The Orange County Health and Public Works departments and the U.S. Coast Guard were contacted in the aftermath of the spill, the CHP said.

The SigAlert was first issued at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday for lanes No. 3 and 4, the CHP said.

—City News Service


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