Overturned Milk Tanker Causes Hours of Lane Closures on 5 Freeway in Burbank

A milk tanker overturned on the 5 Freeway in Burbank on Nov. 22, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

A milk tanker overturned on the 5 Freeway in Burbank on Nov. 22, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

A crash involving a big rig hauling milk has left all but one lane of the southbound 5 Freeway closed through Burbank for hours on one of the busiest traffic days of the year.

The crash occurred about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday just north of Burbank Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic incident page.

The overturned tanker was leaking thousands of gallons of milk across lanes and blocking traffic. Just before 6 a.m., a SigAlert was issued.

By 8:20 a.m., CHP was saying only the No. 1 lane would remain open until 1 p.m., but the entire freeway reopened by noon, according to Caltrans.

The crash came as more than 4 million Southern California drivers were expected to hit the roads for the Thanksgiving holiday. AAA predicts it will be the busiest Thanksgiving holiday travel season in the past 10 years.

Traffic backs up behind an overturned milk tanker on the 5 Freeway in Burbank on Nov. 22, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Traffic backs up behind an overturned milk tanker on the 5 Freeway in Burbank on Nov. 22, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)