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PHOTOS: Armored Vehicle Dangles off 5 South Overpass, Spills Gas Onto Freeway Below

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Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 5:30 PM
click to enlarge Heist gone wrong? - ABC7
  • ABC7
  • Heist gone wrong?

Wondering why you're stuck in a traffic jam from hell during what should be a breezy Good Friday rush hour?

The hold-up has everything to do with a mysterious armored vehicle (Bruce Willis, are you in there??) dangling off the 5 South overpass in Boyle Heights, glaring down menacingly at the 10 West and dripping all its gas onto a freeway exit.

Lovely! ABC7 has been airing some pretty spellbinding footage of the big "teeter" all afternoon...

... and those stuck in traffic have been kind/bored enough to Tweet from the scene. Here are the best shots we can find:

click to enlarge "Boyle heights. Armored car over the side" - @KEVINTAKUMI VIA TWITTER
  • @KevinTakumi via Twitter
  • "Boyle heights. Armored car over the side"
click to enlarge "Stuck on the 5 south for this! #LATraffic" - @SASSYBECKS VIA TWITTER
  • @SassyBecks via Twitter
  • "Stuck on the 5 south for this! #LATraffic"
click to enlarge "Armored vehicle teetering over edge of bridge in East LA on 5 South at 10 interchange" - ABC7
  • ABC7
  • "Armored vehicle teetering over edge of bridge in East LA on 5 South at 10 interchange"

Street and freeway closures have lasted almost two hours since the crash was first reported at around 3:45 p.m. But the photos -- and the heisty true-Hollywood drama! -- almost make it worth the wait.

There's something very grotesque and human about whatever happened to the front end of the vehicle -- like its guts are spilling out all over the 5.

And Shaun Ochsner at Inland News reports that the vehicle is a "money transport truck," which ups the intrigue factor, like, tenfold. What is that word printed across the side of this gory beast? Garda??

Sweet.

[@simone_electra / swilson@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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