EDIT: As of 10-15-07 the 5 Freeway is open in both directions.
Fire, wreckage on the I-5
Interstate 5 is closed in both directions at the 14 after a major crash involving numerous big-rig trucks. The route could be closed all day
Fire Inspector Jason Hurd said the accident -- the wreckage of which stretched for half a mile -- began when two trucks collided late Friday and started a chain reaction in Interstate 5's southbound truck-only tunnels that run under the regular freeway near the intersection with the Antelope Valley Freeway. Twenty people evacuated the fiery tunnel on foot, and the 10 injured were carried out. One truck driver was unaccounted for, and authorities worried that more may be missing. (AP)
KABC-TV Channel 7 reports that fire officials still are not sure whether others may be trapped in the tunnel (there is also some fear that the fire made it structurally unsound). KABC has this picture on its website:
KNBC-TV Channel 4 is reporting that there is a major backup on the 5 in both directions and that the Old Road isn't much better. KNBC suggested a route involving the 118 to the 33 to the 126.
Officials say the rain might have been a factor in the accident. Rain fell -- heavy in spots -- overnight and caused several accidents as well as this mishap that has hampered rail service:
Metro Gold Line service will be affected today as crews remove spilled fuel and a tractor-trailer truck that crashed and landed on the train tracks in Pasadena, authorities said. Metro spokesman Marc Littman said that the truck that crashed onto the tracks was removed but that the force bent the rail of the track and would probably take until 3 p.m. to repair. Littman said the line was delayed and riders between the Allen and Sierra Madre Villa stations were bused until the truck and spilled fuel were cleared. (CNS)