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134 Freeway to re-open after gas-tanker accident and fire

Firefighters use foam to extinguish a gasoline tanker fire in Glendale, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2012. The California Highway. Firefighters say about 6,000 gallons of fuel burned.
Firefighters use foam to extinguish a gasoline tanker fire in Glendale, Calif., Saturday, April 7, 2012. The California Highway. Firefighters say about 6,000 gallons of fuel burned. Mike Meadows/AP

Westbound lanes of the 134 Freeway are expected to open around 6 p.m. tonight after an accident in which a drunk driver struck a tanker truck shut the area down at around 11 p.m. last night.

The California Highway Patrol said the crash was caused by an allegedly drunken driver‚ Hakop Maghakyan, 25, of Glendale, according to the LA Times. Maghakyan is suspected of rear-ending the second trailer of a tandem tanker.

The rear trailer struck a guardrail, overturned and erupted into flames under the transition road bridge.

Maghakyan was booked for suspicion of drunken driving by the Glendale Police Department.

After the crash, the 134 Freeway was completely closed near the scene of the accident, which occured on the westbound side at the intersection with the 5 Freeway.

Both drivers ran to the nearby Zoo Drive offramp and were not injured, firefighters said.

Eastbound lanes were reopened at about 7 a.m. All traffic was being diverted to northbound Interstate 5, reported City News Service.

The tandem tanker-truck was carrying 8,600 gallons of gasoline. Most of that burned following the accident. Cleanup crews offloaded the roughly 3,000 gallons of gasoline left in one of the two tankers.

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