710 Freeway: All lanes reopened after fiery truck crash

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Crews clear the southbound lanes of the 710 freeway after a big rig crashed and dangled from the roadway, leaking 8,000 gallons of ignited gas onto the road below.
Courtesy Caltrans

The California Highway Patrol today reopened the last parts of the 5 and 710 freeway lanes and connector roads that were closed when a tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of crude oil crashed and erupted into flames on Sunday.

All lanes were reopened about 4:45 a.m., CHP Officer Monica Posada said.

From @CaltransDist7

The accident occurred at 9:39 a.m. Sunday on the southbound 710 Freeway just south of Washington Boulevard, and the dual tanker truck hung on a bridge over Sydney Drive, leaking fuel that burned a row of parked vehicles, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported.

710 Freeway fire

The tanker truck itself was incinerated, and the driver was badly burned.

Workers were continuing their efforts to clear the debris and check the structural integrity of girders, according to Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler. Damage included 50 feet of destroyed bridge railing, 60 feet of destroyed guard rail, the partial melting of an overhead sign, and storm drains filled with crude oil, according to Caltrans.

NBC4 previously shared dramatic video of the fire on its site: