News Update!!: Los Angeles, CA: Southbound Interstate 5 reopens after major crash and fire.
All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Griffith Park, Between State Route 134 and Colorado Street, in Los Angeles, California have reopened after a major crash and fire on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 killing a person and dog.
According to the California Highway Patrol, at about 11:00am PT, one of the big rigs jumped the center divider and caused the crash and fire that followed.
A tanker truck, van, pickup truck and 2 other vehicles were also involved in the crash.
** Picture from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **
Well showing live aerial footage of the fiery crash, at least 2 television stations accidentally showed a scorched dead body near the guard rail on the southbound side of Interstate 5 as 2 firefighters were near by battling the flames from the crash.
** Video from Los Angeles Fire Department Public Information Officer Erik Scott (@PIOErikScott): **
According to the Los Angeles City Fire Department, a triage area was set up just north of the wreck.
At least 9 people were injured; a victim was in critical condition well 8 other people suffered “lesser” injuries.
More than 2 dozen Los Angeles City Fire Department firefighters were assisted by crews from the Glendale Fire Department.
The tanker truck appeared to belong to DDG Transport.
Speaking on behalf of the company, Darrel Green tells NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 that the tanker was hauling milk and its driver called to report being safe.
The crash had southbound Interstate 5 closed for hours leaving motorists to use other alternate routes to get around the closure, including San Fernando Road and State Route 2 from the east and Riverside Drive and U.S. 101 to the west as a detour.
At around 7:00pm PT on Tuesday, April 25th,2017, all lanes of southbound Interstate 5 were reopened.