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UPDATE: I-5 now open in LA after big-rig crashed closed freeway for 4 hours (Photos)

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UPDATE 7:30 a.m.:  The California Highway Patrol said all lanes on I-5 are now open through Elysian Park, but there are still major traffic jams in the area due to the four-hour closure.

PREVIOUSLY: A big-rig has slammed into an Interstate 5 Freeway center divider and caught fire, causing a Los Angeles commuter headache Tuesday morning.


The trucker escaped unharmed from the burning cab after the 3:15 a.m. crash in the Atwater Village-Silver Lake area, about three miles northeast of downtown.

Both sides of Interstate 5 are shut down while road crews work to remove the truck, which is straddling the concrete divider.

The California Highway Patrol said the freeway will be closed until at least 7:30 a.m. as crews work to clean up spilled diesel fuel and tow the truck away. 

Traffic is backed up for at least one mile.

Northbound traffic is exiting the freeway at Stadium Way. Southbound traffic is forced off at Fletcher Drive.

Traffic on northbound Interstate-5 is already backed up to the 110 freeway exit to Pasadena. 

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