5 Freeway Reopens Through Sun Valley After Big-Rig Carrying Cheese Catches Fire

A fiery big-rig crash on the southbound 5 Freeway in Sun Valley left debris strewn across the roadway early Friday morning and closed the all lanes through noon.

Firefighters work to douse a burning big rig in Sun Valley on Jan. 26, 2018. (Credit: Loudlabs)

Firefighters work to douse a burning big rig in Sun Valley on Jan. 26, 2018. (Credit: Loudlabs)

The crash occurred about 3:41 a.m. near Sunland Boulevard when the big rig lost control and crashed into the center divider, prompting the truck to catch on fire, according to the California Highway Patrol's traffic incident log.

Video from the scene showed massive flames coming from the big rig, which was separated into two pieces.

Twenty-nine firefighters had the flames extinguished in 26 minutes, however, cheese that was being transported by the truck was left all over the freeway lanes, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Amy Bastman stated in a news alert.

Shredded cheese is left strewn across lanes after a big-rig crash and fire on Jan. 26, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

Shredded cheese is left strewn across lanes after a big-rig crash and fire on Jan. 26, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital in good condition, Bastman stated.

Investigators have not yet talked to the driver about what may have caused the crash, CHP spokeswoman Sahara Suazo said.

Two lanes on the freeway reopened about 9 a.m., before all lanes were eventually cleared around noon.