It happened in the westbound lanes of Highway 134 in Glendale, California, close to the junction with Highway 5. Police have said that a car crashed into the gasoline tanker truck.
reports that the crash caused black smoke and flames to shoot into the air and both arteries of the highway were clogged with traffic, unable to pass the scene of the accident.
This is the second
major tanker truck fire to close the Southland freeway bridges in the last 4 months.
Police officers have said that the crash was caused by an allegedly drunk Glendale man, when his sedan crashed into the back of the tandem tanker truck. This rammed the vehicle into a guardrail where the freeway passes over the Los Angeles River.
Both drivers managed to scramble to safety and no one was injured in the crash. However, it took 150 firefighters to fight the blaze and it took 90 minutes for them to extinguish it.