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A Hundred Gallons Of Spilled Milk Briefly Shutdown Part Of The 5 Freeway

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On Sunday morning, a collision involving a tanker truck full of milk caused more than more than a hundred gallons of milk to spill out onto the 5 freeway in Boyle Heights, briefly closing three lanes of the freeway.

The incident was reported just after 9 a.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott. "Fortunately, there were no injuries," Scott told LAist, adding that six firefighters responded to the incident. "Those firefighters did block lanes to ensure a safe area while working with other agencies to clean up the mess." City News Service reports that Caltrans requested for sand to be brought to assist with the clean up.

"The firefighters have since made themselves available for the next emergency, and left the incident in the hands of our friends at Caltrans and CHP," Scott said.

The one, two and three lanes of the 5 freeway just north of the 60 freeway were closed for approximately an hour, reopening at 10:15 a.m., according to City News Service.