UPDATE: I-5 closures to remain in place for Monday commute after gasoline tanker spill, fire

I-5 Repairs

Stephanie O'Neill/ KPCC

Construction crews work on the I-5 underpass Sunday where a tanker flipped and caught on fire the day before.

I-5 Repairs

Stephanie O'Neill/ KPCC

Crews said the fire that broke out in the tunnel was hot enough to melt concrete on the supporting beams.

I-5 Repairs

Stephanie O'Neill/ KPCC

Construction crews work on the I-5 underpass Sunday where a tanker flipped and caught on fire the day before.

Gasoline Tanker Fire I-5

Courtesy Caltrans

The inside of the tunnel shows damage to the structure and what's left of the burned out gasoline tanker truck. It flipped Saturday morning, caught fire and spilled some of the load.


Update 6:20 p.m.: All northbound I-5 lanes to remain closed Monday morning

Caltrans says all northbound lanes of the I-5 junction at the 2 Freeway will remain closed for Monday morning's commute, along with two southbound lanes. 

Spokesman Patrick Chandler said commuters should plan for delays Monday, and possibly Tuesday as well. 

"They're going to run into a lot of traffic and a lot of delays," he said.

Chandler said commuters should look to take other routes, or consider riding Metro for the duration of the repairs.

Crews will work around the clock to remove and replace several piles of burned out concrete from the interior of the tunnel and ensure its safety before the lanes reopen, Chandler said.

About 156,000 vehicles travel through the closed-off section of I-5 each day.

UPDATE 11:01 a.m.: Repairs underway on I-5 Freeway after tanker crash,

Caltrans officials on Sunday morning finished inspecting the tunnel where a gasoline tanker crashed and burned. They found extensive damage that may keep closures in place into the Monday morning commute.

Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler said that engineers are focused on repairing columns that support the Interstate 5 Freeway at the state Route 2 Freeway interchange near Dodger Stadium. Right now, all of the northbound lanes of I-5 remains closed and only the two right lanes on the southbound I-5 are open.

The goal is to open all of southbound lanes of I-5 on Monday, though Caltrans is not sure if the repairs to the columns can be done by the Monday morning commute. There is no estimate at this point when the northbound lanes will open.

The closures as of 11 a.m. Sunday:

  • I-5 Freeway northbound at the 2 Freeway – detour onto the 2 Freeway northbound.
  • The left lanes of the I-5 Freeway southbound at the 2 Freeway – only the right two lanes are open.
  • The on-ramp connecting Glendale Boulevard with the 2 Freeway northbound is closed.
  • The 2 Freeway southbound is closed at I-5 – detour onto I-5 northbound.

Chandler said the intensity of the fire caused the concrete to pop, chip and fall off the rebar that helps support the roadway.

There is also a game at Dodger Stadium at 1:10 p.m. and officials are expecting heavy traffic delays in the area.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

10:33 a.m.: Southbound I-5 lanes reopen after tanker crash, fuel spill fire 

California Highway Patrol officials say the southbound Interstate 5 Freeway near downtown Los Angeles has reopened after a tanker truck flipped, spilled its load of gasoline and caught fire, snarling traffic for miles.

The traffic delays are focused along the 2 and 5 freeway interchange.

Northbound lanes of the I-5 remain closed near Dodger Stadium after Saturday's crash, according to Caltrans. Traffic is being detoured onto the northbound state Route 2 Freeway where drivers can take either the 134 or 210 freeways to return to I-5.

The southbound 2 Freeway is closed at the I-5 Freeway, with much of the traffic spilling into adjacent neighborhoods.

The fire was reported at 10:31 a.m. inside a tunnel-like underpass connecting southbound state Route 2 and southbound Interstate 5 near Glendale. Firefighters and Caltrans personnel are back at the site of the crash Sunday morning inspecting the damage and making sure there are not any flare-ups.

The fire burned so hot that it disintegrated the tanker.

RELATED: Gas tanker ignites on I-5 Freeway; southbound 2, northbound I-5 closed 'long term'

Fire officials warned of public hazards near manhole covers and storm drains in the area because of explosive runoff from the 7,500 gallon tanker's spill.

Heavy traffic was reported in areas surrounding downtown, including Dodger Stadium, and on U.S. Highway 101, where drivers were stopped on roads that began to resemble parking lots.

CHP's early reports of a fatality in the tunnel were corrected after further investigation by fire officials. No injuries have been reported.

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