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Overturned Tanker Truck Causes Raging Fire At 5 and 2 Freeways

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A tanker truck carrying 7,500 gallons of fuel flipped and caught fire in a tunnel at the interchange between the 5 and 2 freeways. The fire that raged for 55 minutes sent thick black smoke into the air. Fuel from the truck leaked into storm drains dumping into the Los Angeles River.

The fire was first reported at 10:30 a.m. in the interchange from the southbound 2 Freeway to the southbound 5 Freeway, according to City News Service. The crash caused chaos on the freeways as drivers fled the smoke and flames by driving in the wrong direction on the freeway.

About a quarter mile away from the crash site, firefighters ordered police to move people away from a storm drain spewing flammable liquid from the crash.

Traffic is expected to be especially terrible in the area because of the 4:15 p.m. Dodgers game.

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Although there were initial reports that one person was killed, the Los Angeles Fire Department says that no one was hurt or injured in the incident. Even the truck driver escaped without injury.

Here are some photos from the blaze:

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