This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Just What the 405 Fwy Needed: An Overturned Asphalt Truck
It was a "hot mess" overnight on the 405 Freeway thanks to a tanker truck turning over and dumping a load of 20 tons of asphalt onto northbound lanes.
The tanker was entering the freeway from the Normandie Avenue onramp at 12:42 a.m. when something caused it to overturn in the slow lane, possibly an effort to avoid a car in its path, said California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball, reports City News Service.
The truck was out on duty, heading to where the 105 Freeway meets up with the 405 for a Caltrans project.
Caltrans reportedly was having trouble getting a crew over to the messy spill for cleanup, which kept the slow lane and the onramp closed for some time.
Ultimately things got tidied up and the lanes were re-opened, notes ABC7.