Pothole on 5 Freeway Transition Causes Damage to Cars

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The southbound 5 Freeway transition to the eastbound 10 Freeway in Boyle Heights was temporarily shutdown on Tuesday as crews raced to fix a massive pothole.


A pothole on the SB 5 Freeway transition road damaged dozens of cars, Boyle Heights, Dec. 31, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

The tires on at least 20 cars were damaged around 6:49 a.m., as the vehicles passed over a large pothole in the middle of the transition road, according to witnesses.

Video captured by Sky 5 showed wires and other metal objects protruding from the pothole.

A line of disabled cars could also be seen parked along the transition road.

Caltrans workers arrived a short time later to inspect the road and begin repairs.

Crews repaired the pothole using fast-setting concrete, according to Patrick Chandler of Caltrans.

“We’re able to use this when we have damage on our freeways. We’re able to put it in and basically put traffic back on it,” Chandler said.

The transition was expected to reopen by 1 p.m., according to Chandler.

It was unclear what caused the pothole.

KTLA’s Jim Nash contributed to this report.