Big pothole on I5/10 connector damages over 20 cars (updated)

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Updated 2:54 p.m. 

Caltrans told KPCC that all lanes are now open and operational. 

Updated 1:07 p.m.

A hole on a freeway transition road flattened tires on more than 20 vehicles this Tuesday morning in East LA.

Maria Raptis with Caltrans says a truck carrying dry cement overturned Monday night from the southbound 5 bridge that connects to the eastbound 10.

“The roadway was repaired last night following the incident, the bridge is safe, it's just unfortunate that that quick fix didn't hold through the night,” said Raptis.

Raptis says the hole in the center lane is about four-feet by seven-feet.

She says drivers whose vehicles were damaged can file a claim by calling Caltrans, or filling out a form online.

Caltrans estimates about 300-thousand drivers use this stretch of roadway daily.

Earlier:

A big pothole on the connector from Los Angeles's southbound Interstate 5 to east Interstate 10 freeway has damaged dozens of vehicles.

About 30 to 40 vehicles had to pull over Tuesday morning after running over the gaping hole in the elevator connector road from southbound I5 to the eastbound 10.

The cars were apparently damaged by exposed metal reinforcing bars where a large chunk of the road surface disintegrated.

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