East L.A. Freeway Interchange Closed After Big Rig Spills Molasses All Over Roadway Following Crash
A chain-reaction crash involving a big rig forced the closure of the southbound 5 Freeway transition road to the westbound 10 Freeway just ahead of the Wednesday morning rush hour, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officers initially responded to the heavily traveled freeway connector shortly after 5:45 a.m. to a report of a big rig carrying molasses colliding with a gold Chevy truck and a black SUV, the CHP’s incident log stated.
Aerial video appeared to show that at least 5 vehicles were involved in the collision.
The force of the crash caused the Chevy to overturn.
The driver of the big rig and a driver in another vehicle were trapped, the log stated.
It was not immediately clear, however, whether anyone was injured.
Molasses had also spilled all over the roadway after leaking from the semi-truck, creating a mess across the lanes.
A SigAlert was issued by CHP around 6:15 a.m. and the southbound 5 transition road to the westbound 10 was expected be closed for about an hour. However, the agency stated in a tweet sent around 7:20 a.m. that the road closure would be in effect until further notice.
Around noon, CHP stated the SigAlert would be in effect for about another hour.
One lane was reopened around 7:40 a.m.
The westbound 60 Freeway at the Santa Fe off-ramp was also shut down at one point, according to the log.
CHP was urging motorists on the 5 Freeway to take the southbound 110 to the 10 west in order to avoid the mess.
The cause of the crash was under investigation.
KTLA’s Ginger Chan and Mark Kono contributed to this report.