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    Post I-5 closed today in both directions at 14 Fwy

    EDIT: As of 10-15-07 the 5 Freeway is open in both directions.



    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/bott...reckage-o.html

    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)
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    Re: I-5 closed today in both directions at 14 Fwy

    thats not fun...hope all are ok
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    Re: I-5 closed today in both directions at 14 Fwy

    Yeah, Grumpy4 was telling me about this when she called this morning on her way up north.

    What sucks is there really is no easy way around all of that.


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    Re: I-5 closed today in both directions at 14 Fwy

    No you have to go around through Simi Valley or Ventura.

    This is a really major incident, a bunch of big rig trucks piled up on a slick rainy roadway IN A TUNNEL where it became a giant firey mess!

    I'll post some more info, someone said it was like a giant bomb going off.

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    Post Re: I-5 closed today in both directions at 14 Fwy

    5 trucks engulfed in flames inside tunnel after pileup on Interstate 5


    By Mike Meadows / AP

    Trucks burn on the southbound lanes of the I-5 between Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, early Saturday morning.

    From the Associated Press
    10:35 AM PDT, October 13, 2007

    SANTA CLARITA -- A 15-truck pile-up on a rain-slicked Southern California freeway left 10 people injured and at least one missing, sent flames shooting out of a tunnel and blocked a key link between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    Fire Inspector Jason Hurd said the accident -- the wreckage stretching a half mile -- began when two trucks collided late Friday and started a chain reaction in Interstate 5's southbound truck-only tunnels.


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    At one point flames shot out of the tunnel and 100 feet into the night sky, said Los Angeles County firefighter Scott Clark, one of some 300 firefighters battling the blaze at its height.
    CHP traffic advisory: CHP officers are advising detouring traffic to use route 126 west all the way to U.S. 101 in Ventura, then turn south to Los Angeles there.

    "It looked like a bomb went off," said Clark, who battled the flames throughout the night.

    The charred skeletons of at least a half-dozen big rigs peeked out of the tunnel's south end. At least one truck was carrying produce, and a smoldering load of cabbages lay scattered across the pavement.

    By mid-morning most of the flames appeared to have been extinguished, although thick columns of smoke were still curling out of the tunnel and into the surrounding canyons. Firefighters began pouring flame-retardant foam into one end of the tunnel to douse any hot spots.

    Twenty people evacuated the fiery tunnel on foot, including the 10 injured, Hurd said, and five trucks were stuck inside. One truck driver was unaccounted for, and authorities were worried that more may be missing.

    Although the tunnel is designed to carry truck traffic through a mountain pass area, Hurd said passenger cars may also use it, raising concerns that some may be trapped inside.

    "We're going to have to do a very methodical search," Deputy Chief John Tripp told KABC-TV said. "There could be unfortunately more people that were not able to escape."

    Authorities said eight had minor injuries and two had moderate injuries, ranging from moderate burns to neck and back injuries. All 10 injured were taken to local hospitals.

    The intense heat caused concrete to crack and melt, sending chucks falling onto the road below throughout the night. Firefighters worried that the damage could cause parts of the tunnel to collapse.

    "The tunnel may be structurally compromised, so we're fighting the fire from outside right now," Tripp said.

    State transportation department engineers were inspecting the tunnel and the freeway above to determine whether firefighters and rescue workers could enter to douse the remaining flames and look for anyone who might have been trapped.

    The interstate, a key route connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco, as well as a major commuter link connecting Los Angeles to its northern suburbs, was expected to remain closed throughout the day today and perhaps longer.

    "It could be another day, it could be days, it could be weeks," Hurd said.

    The freeway is roughly 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

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    Re: I-5 closed today in both directions at 14 Fwy

    Peoplemover1 and I just got home to Bakersfield, right now, after leaving Disneyland at 11:30 last night because of the I-5 being closed. Insanity.

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    Re: I-5 closed today in both directions at 14 Fwy

    The roadway can be a scary place sometimes.....
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    Re: I-5 closed today in both directions at 14 Fwy

    how awful!!!!! for how bad it sounds, it's lucky there weren't many killed.
    Not trying to be funny, but can you imagine the smell of the burning cabbages??


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    Re: I-5 closed today in both directions at 14 Fwy

    I guess I'm staying put for this weekend. I heard they are not sure if the bridge is safe, because the fire was so hot.

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    Re: I-5 closed today in both directions at 14 Fwy

    ^^ Smart, Scubabe... better safe than sorry...
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    Re: I-5 closed today in both directions at 14 Fwy

    Saw video of this on the news today. Very very scary. All those burned up big rigs littering the road They said 2 were confirmed dead and at 10 injured so far
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    Re: I-5 closed today in both directions at 14 Fwy

    It made the news here in Canada as well. Here's an article with a couple of video clips:
    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNew...hub=TopStories

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    Re: I-5 closed today in both directions at 14 Fwy

    Oh boy, I'm supposed to be going down there this next weekend. Hopefully it's open by then.
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    Re: I-5 closed today in both directions at 14 Fwy

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyDan24 View Post
    Oh boy, I'm supposed to be going down there this next weekend. Hopefully it's open by then.
    yeah, I'm going down there next weekend as well. I'm thinking, although it's a bit out of the was Angeles crest highway may be an option.

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    Re: I-5 closed today in both directions at 14 Fwy

    Quote Originally Posted by SCUBAbe View Post
    yeah, I'm going down there next weekend as well. I'm thinking, although it's a bit out of the was Angeles crest highway may be an option.
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