Carmageddon on 5 Freeway Following Tanker Fire

Carmageddon on 5 Freeway Following Tanker Fire
Courtesy Grant Kirkwood

The good news, if there is any, is that a tanker fire that essentially turned the 5 freeway near Atwater Village into a parking lot happened on a Saturday morning, when most of us weren't there.

Of course, the rest is all bad, including the fact that the northbound 5 and much of the southbound freeway would remain closed in the area this morning as crews repaired the mess:

Caltrans says the following closures could remain in effect until Tuesday. Tuesday!


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Northbound I-5 closed at SR-2

Northbound SR-2 at Glendale Boulevard

Northbound I-5 to Southbound SR-2 connector

Southbound SR-2 to Southbound I-5 connector

Northbound SR-2 to Northbound I-5

Southbound I-5, the #3 and #4 lanes are closed from Los Feliz to Stadium Way

The agency says "a temporary system to support the columns which hold the lanes of northbound and southbound I-5" has to be constructed because of the damage caused by the blaze.

The fuel tanker truck-and-trailer fire in a transition tunnel from the northbound Glendale (2) Freeway to the northbound 5 was reported at 10:31 a.m., according to the L.A. Fire Department.

Carmageddon on 5 Freeway Following Tanker Fire
Courtesy Grant Kirkwood

Gas that didn't erupt in flames and char the tunnel ended up in the nearby L.A. river and, according to the LAFD, "ignited along a half-mile section of the Los Angeles River."

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