Tanker Overturns on 126 Freeway in Santa Clarita; All Lanes Closed

The 126 Freeway was shut down in Santa Clarita on Tuesday morning after a tanker filled with acid overturned, spilling it all over the roadway, authorities said.

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A tanker overturned on the 126 Freeway in Santa Clarita, spilling hazardous materials and forcing the closure of the entire roadway on June 10, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The crash occurred on the westbound 126 Freeway near the 5 Freeway at about 8:40 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

A SigAlert was issued by the CHP at 9:00 a.m., and the entire 126 Freeway was closed between Commerce Center Drive and Vanderbilt Way.

The northbound 5 Freeway off-ramp to the westbound 126 Freeway was also shutdown.

It was not immediately known how long the freeway closures would be in effect.

The tanker was carrying 2000 gallons of clay acid, of which 50 to 75 gallons had spilled, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

It was deemed a “hazardous materials situation” by the Fire Department, and hazmat crews were at the scene cleaning up the road.

The spill had not seeped into a storm drain and was confined to the freeway, according to the incident log.

Drivers were urged to avoid the area, while businesses and homes were asked to keep their windows closed, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station tweeted.

No evacuations were ordered. As of 11:30 a.m., crews were still working to upright the tanker and clean up the spill, and the road was expected to be closed for hours, according to the Sheriff’s Station.

The driver of the big rig was not injured.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

KTLA’s Justin Burton, Jennifer Thang and Carly Bagingito contributed to this report.


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