Two accidents, one on Monday afternoon and one on Tuesday morning, caused major traffic problems on the SoCal freeways for commuters on Tuesday morning as cleanup work and police investigations closed the lanes.
The Tuesday morning collision on the 5 northbound freeway caused traffic jams as far as East LA after a white vehicle crashed into a large dirt dumper rig near Elysian Park.
That was in addition to the Monday night accident that closed the south side of Freeway 5 until Tuesday morning. According to a report released Tuesday by the California Highway Patrol, a semi-trailer truck collided with a freeway wall and resulted in about 3,000 gallons of antifreeze being spilled on a freeway near Dodger Stadium.
According to CHP Officer Austin Heredia, Juan Aguilar, 64, was driving a 2009 Freightliner trailer truck on Freeway 5 south near 110 south in that accident at 4:34 p.m. on Monday.
Aguilar made an unsafe right turn and collided with the right side of the highway’s concrete wall, causing him to lose control of the tanker, which subsequently overturned.
In addition to the 3,000 gallons of antifreeze, 2,700 gallons of waste oil was spilled, causing the transition road from 5 Freeway to Arroyo Seco Parkway to be closed for an unknown duration while firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department worked to contain and clean up the spill, said Heredia.
In addition to the LAPD’s Hazmat Unit, the California Department of Transportation and the Ocean Blue clean-up team helped at the scene of the accident on Monday.
The collision southbound Monday night is still under investigation and anyone with information about it is encouraged to contact Heredia at 213 744-2331.
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