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Cops Say Drunk Driver Rammed Into Tanker Truck, Causing Gasoline Inferno on the Freeway

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Cops say a drunk driver rear-ended a tanker truck carrying 8,600 gallons of gas on the freeway last night, splitting the truck open and sparking a river of fire that completely shut down the 134 freeway.The drivers of the truck and the sedan that hit the truck both made it out okay fortunately, but police arrested the sedan driver for being under the influence, according to City News Service. The bridge above the truck that links the west 134 to the south 5 did not make it out unscathed, and engineers are checking it out today to see how badly it was damaged by heat from the blaze.

There is no estimate for when the transition road will open. This morning the eastbound lanes of the 134 opened and the westbound mainline lanes were supposed to stay closed until noon. The adjacent link from the west 134 to the north 5 and the nearby Zoo Drive off-ramps from the 5 Freeway were also closed.

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