Diesel Fuel Tanker Truck Overturns on 5 Freeway in Atwater Village

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A tanker truck carrying about 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel overturned today on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway in the Atwater Village area, blocking all northbound lanes and snarling traffic during the morning commute.

The crash was reported near Glendale Boulevard about 7:10 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. No injuries were reported.

About 10 gallons of fuel spilled onto the roadway, and a company was summoned to the scene to offload the rest of the diesel before the tanker truck could be removed from the scene, a process that could take several hours, authorities said.

A hazardous-materials team was sent to oversee the operation and assess whether any fuel leaked into storm drains.

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