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UPDATED: Overturned big-rig backs up I-5

Posted: May 4, 2011 10:15 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2011 10:15 p.m.

A Howard Sommers tow truck, Caltrans workers and firefighters prepare to pull the big-rig tractor trailer upright.

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Traffic on the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 through the Santa Clarita Valley was congested for several hours Wednesday, after the driver of a Wal-mart truck lost control of his big rig and crashed, blocking a transition road that connects the southbound truck road of Interstate 5 to northbound Highway 14.

The driver, Robert Throop, 53, lost control of his 2009 Freightliner at about 10:30 a.m., according to a statement from the California Highway Patrol.

The truck, which carried a load of bananas destined for Reno, Nev., overturned on the freeway, blocking all lanes of traffic on the truck route.

Neither Throop nor a passenger who was riding in the truck were injured in the crash. Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have contributed to the crash, according to the release.

Crews cleaned up the roadway and moved the truck to a dirt shoulder by about 3:30 p.m., said Sgt. Rick Miler. Firefighters also cleaned about five gallons of oil that spilled onto the roadway, officials said.

At 11:30 a.m., traffic was bumper-to-bumper on the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 from the Highway 14 interchange to Valencia Boulevard.

“With CHP, Caltrans and fire out there, you’re going to get a lot of looky-loo traffic,” CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said.

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