I-5/605 Closed Due to Suspicious Package*
*Update: The freeways have been reopened, according to KNX, after police either did not find any package or confirmed it was not a threat.
For the second time in recent weeks, a major freeway is closed down because of a suspicious package. KNX1070 is reporting on air that both the 5 and 605 freeways are closed in a 2-mile radius from the epicenter of the junction. Traffic is backing up from five to twenty miles in some directdions. The South 5 freeway is backed up to at least the East LA interchange. "Once you get in there, you're going to be stuck. Alternate routes are also backing up," KNX reported. At about 1:00 p.m., a package was reported to police. The freeway was then completely closed and no law enforcement entered the scene to confirm if a package is actually there until the bomb squad was en route.
If this is going to start becoming a trend, authorities in the Los Angeles region need to come up with a plan to deal with these in a safe, but expedient matter. Having a box fall from a truck onto the freeway can easily happen.