Grapevine Reopens Following 13-Vehicle Crash Tuesday Night

The northbound 5 Freeway through the Grapevine was finally reopened Wednesday morning after a multi-vehicle crash shut down the roadway Tuesday night.

An overturned big rig is seen on the Grapevine on May 9, 2018. (Credit: RMG News)

An overturned big rig is seen on the Grapevine on May 9, 2018. (Credit: RMG News)

The incident occurred about 9 p.m. when two big rigs apparently collided and one of them overturned on the freeway near the East Escape Ramp, according to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic incident log.

Debris was spilled onto the freeway and one of the big rigs caught fire, the CHP reported.

The incident caused a chain reaction involving 11 other vehicles, prompting officials to close the freeway in both directions Tuesday night.

No information on the number or severity of injuries resulting from the crash was available.

As of 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, three lanes remained closed while crews worked to clear the scene.

One truck driver contacted KTLA to say it took him 5 hours to travel a mile and a half.

The southbound side of the freeway reopened just before midnight Tuesday.

Crews had the northbound lanes reopened by about 8:30 a.m. but officials warned drivers to expect delays through the area due backup from the closure.

KTLA's Alexandria Hernandez contributed to this report.