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Big-rig crash snarls I-5 traffic

Posted: June 22, 2011 11:54 p.m.
Updated: June 22, 2011 11:54 p.m.

A big rig sits jackknifed on the shoulder of Interstate 5, shortly after the Newhall Pass, between the northbound (on the left) and southbound lanes.

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A big rig traveling southbound on Interstate 5, shortly after the Newhall Pass, jackknifed around 8 p.m., spilling oil and diesel fuel all over the freeway and snarling traffic for several hours late Wednesday night, according to the California Highway Patrol's website.

The truck, which came to a stop near the edge of the adjacent northbound side of the freeway, also spilled its cargo, which included barbecue sauce and large rolls of plastic wrap, leading to an hours-long cleanup effort that began shortly thereafter, according to the CHP.

A hazmat team was on the scene to organize the spill's cleanup at 9:50 p.m., but I-5 traffic remained backed up throughout the Santa Clarita Valley until well after midnight as workers cleaned up the mess.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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