A tanker truck carrying about 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel overturned Wednesday on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway in the Atwater Village area, blocking all northbound lanes and snarling traffic for miles during the morning rush period.
The crash was reported near Glendale Boulevard about 7:10 a.m. and created gridlock conditions that affected scores of motorists.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the truck driver crashed while trying to avoid slower-moving traffic. The trucker, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured, the CHP reported.
About 10 gallons of fuel spilled onto the roadway, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. A company was summoned to the scene to offload the rest of the diesel before the tanker truck could be removed from the scene, a process that was continuing hours afterward.
A hazardous-materials team was sent to oversee the operation and assess whether any fuel leaked into storm drains, the LAFD reported.
As of late morning, all northbound lanes of the Golden State Freeway remained closed, along with the transition road from the northbound 5 to the northbound Glendale (2) Freeway.
Also closed were the transition roads from the northbound and southbound Glendale Freeway to the northbound Golden State Freeway.