A tanker truck carrying about 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel overturned Wednesday morning on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway in the Atwater Village area, blocking all northbound lanes for hours and snarling traffic for miles.
The crash was reported near Glendale Boulevard about 7:10 a.m. and created gridlock conditions that affected thousands of motorists throughout the day. All northbound lanes of the Golden State Freeway remained closed until about 5:30 p.m., when three lanes were reopened, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The two right lanes were expected to be reopened hours later, an officer said.
The truck driver crashed while trying to avoid slower-moving traffic, the CHP reported. The trucker, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured.
About 10 gallons of fuel spilled onto the road, 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.
The fuel was pumped out of the rig by about 3 p.m. and crews set about getting the truck upright, the fire department reported.
A hazardous-materials team was sent to oversee the operation and assess whether any fuel leaked into storm drains, the LAFD reported.
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