Southbound I-605 reopens in Lakewood after crash

A stretch of the southbound 605 Freeway and a northbound lane in the Lakewood area was shut down overnight Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2015 after a tanker truck overturned.
A stretch of the southbound 605 Freeway and a northbound lane in the Lakewood area was shut down overnight Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2015 after a tanker truck overturned. NBC Los Angeles

12:28 p.m.: Southbound I-605 reopens

Traffic is moving again on the southbound Interstate 605 in southern Los Angeles County following a lengthy closure caused by an overturned tanker truck that spilled thousands of gallons of fuel.

Lanes were reopened late Wednesday morning in Lakewood after being shut down for more than 12 hours as hazmat crews cleared the scene.

The California Highway Patrol says one person was hospitalized following a crash involving the tanker and an SUV late Tuesday.

A county Fire Department spokesman tells City News Service that 3,500 gallons of fuel spilled from the tanker, which was carrying nearly 9,000 gallons.

The condition of the injured person was not immediately known.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

 — Associated Press

10:08 a.m.: Lanes begin reopening

Two lanes have been reopened on the southbound 605 Freeway after a tanker collision at Carson Street that forced a nearly 12-hour closure while crews cleaned up the fuel spill.

The California Highway Patrol announced via Twitter shortly before 9 a.m. that the carpool and No. 1 lanes had been reopened.

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According to NBC4, the crash left two people trapped in a Nissan Armada SUV and spilled 3,500 gallons of gasoline across lanes:

The SUV driver entered the freeway, lost control on the rain slick ramp and collided with the big rig, which was traveling at 55 MPH. 

Crews were able to free the two occupants of the SUV. They were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The driver of the big rig was not seriously injured, fire officials said.

— KPCC staff

7:56 a.m.: Southbound I-605 shut down in Lakewood after crash

All southbound lanes of Interstate 605 in southern Los Angeles County remain closed following a collision that caused a tanker truck to overturn and spill thousands of gallons of fuel.

Commuter traffic is backed up for miles early Wednesday as crews continue to clear the lanes in Lakewood. The California Highway Patrol estimates the closure could last through late morning.

The CHP says one person was hospitalized following the crash involving the big rig and an SUV late Tuesday.

A Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman tells City News Service that 3,500 gallons of fuel spilled from the big rig, which was carrying nearly 9,000 gallons.

The condition of the injured person was not immediately known.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

— Associated Press

This story has been updated

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