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Drivers Stuck on Freeway After Honey Spill

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(CNS/Fox 11) A sticky situation on the freeway. A big rig carrying 42,000 pounds of honey jackknifed on the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway today, spilling its sticky load just north of the Pomona (60) Freeway and backing up northbound traffic for miles.

The accident in the northbound portion of the freeway was reported about 2 p.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball said, adding that the driver was uninjured. The SigAlert lasted about three-and-a-half hours.

All but one northbound lane was closed at first, Kimball said. About 90 minutes later, a second northbound lane was opened. Authorities were trying to keep the honey from running into storm drains, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Tony Akins said.

Firefighters completed their end of the job by about 4 p.m., but a hazardous materials team remained on scene, he said. By 5:35 p.m., the SigAlert was lifted, according to the CHP.

The accident occurred near San Jose Creek, which feeds into the San Gabriel River. Akins said he was unaware of any threat honey might pose to river creatures. In a similar spill, he recalled, milk got into a waterway, depleting oxygen levels.

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