Overturned big rig, fuel spill wreak havoc on West L.A. commute
By Joseph Serna, May 24, 2013
A big rig and a second vehicle collided on the northbound 405 Freeway, causing 700 gallons of fuel to spill and blocking three lanes of traffic during Friday morning’s rush hour.
The crash occurred just after 6 a.m. between Waterford Street and Sepulveda Boulevard in Brentwood. More than 700 gallons of diesel fuel spilled across about two miles of highway, said California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada.
The fuel might have spilled into a construction zone but was contained before it seeped into the ground, she said. The freeway’s three right lanes at Montana Avenue, the Santa Monica Boulevard onramps and Wilshire Boulevard's offramps and onramps were closed through at least 8:30 a.m., officials said.