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UPDATED: Big-rig crash snarls I-5 traffic

Posted: June 23, 2011 10:35 a.m.
Updated: June 23, 2011 10:38 a.m.

Commuter traffic was slowed this morning by a Wednesday evening big-rig crash on southbound Interstate 5 south of the Newhall Pass and continued cleanup from a water main break at McBean Parkway at Decoro Road yesterday.

"Morning traffic was affected," SCV Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Price said Thursday morning. "All the traffic on McBean, added on to the I-5 freeway accident - there was early morning congestion."

The I-5 crash, in which a big rig jackknifed at about 8 p.m., spilling oil and diesel fuel all over the freeway, wasn't cleared until 6:30 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol Officer John Lutz.

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 hazardous materials team was on the scene to organize the spill's cleanup.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. There were no injuries or property damage.

Meanwhile, Valencia Water Company workers worked to fix a ruptured water main on McBean at Decoro in Valencia. Price said the intersection still featured a flashing red traffic signal at 9 a.m.


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