The California Highway Patrol warned motorists that freeway lane closures related to today’s tanker truck fire at the 2 and 5 freeway interchange might be “long term” as officials determine whether the blaze had caused any structural damage.
The northbound 5 Freeway may reopen on Sunday, according to the CHP, but other closures may last longer.
“Expect this closure to be in place for several days,” said Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler. There is “very severe fire damage.”
Officials closed the northbound 5 at the 2 Freeway and several other transition roads after a tanker truck transporting 8,500 gallons of fuel overturned in a tunnel and triggered a fiery fuel spill that poured through storm drains and into the L.A. River. The tunnel (pictured above) that funnels traffic from the northbound 2 Freeway to the northbound 5 Freeway remains closed as Caltrans officials inspect the damage. The southbound 2 at the 5 freeway was also shut down.
The partial closure of the 5 freeway and the interchange tied up traffic on nearby streets and also found eastbound traffic on the 10 Freeway jammed through Boyle Heights and City Terrace.
The Dodgers, meanwhile, advised fans coming to this afternoon’s game to take alternative routes or public transportation.
The CHP, in a Sunday morning Tweet, provided a run down of the freeway lane closures:
- Northbound 5 Freeway closed at Fletcher, all traffic diverted to northbound 2 Freeway.
- Left lanes of southbound 5 Freeway are closed.
- Southbound 2 Freeway closed at 5 Freeway, traffic diverted to northbound 5.
- Northbound 2 Freeway to northbound 5 Freeway closed.