Lousy start to the Tuesday commute!
Miguel Aldana says he was heading on the SB 5 to pickup a load for his big rig when he veered into the center divider. He claims his tires locked up. Immediately after hitting the K-rail fire broke out in the cab of the truck.
Aldana says he opened the window to get out. He's okay, but the truck is a mess. Worse ... traffic turned into a nightmare! Both sides of the 5 freeway, just south of the 2, had to be completely shut down.
Traffic backed up like bad plumbing all the way to the 134. As we stood on the 5 SB we watched as CalTrans workers used big brooms to sweep off the debris. At the same time jumbo tow trucks moved into place to pluck the truck off the center divider.
Much had to be removed in pieces. A crane lifted the burned out cab. This as the sun rose some 3 hours after the crash.
(CNS) A big rig headed south on the Golden State (5) Freeway near Elysian Park crashed through the center divider and caught fire this morning, prompting the closure of all lanes in both directions, a California Highway Patrol Officer said. The crash just south of the Glendale (2) Freeway was reported at 3:16 a.m., said CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos.
Northbound traffic was diverted from the freeway at Stadium Way and southbound traffic was diverted onto the Glendale Freeway, Villalobos said. The driver was not injured, according to reports from the scene. The big rig's trailer was empty, the CHP reported.
A heavy duty tow truck arrived at the scene to haul the tractor trailer away and Caltrans crews worked to reopen the freeway.