September 20, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than two months after a
tanker truck crash and subsequent fire damaged an LA freeway
interchange, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency to free
up funding to finish repairs.
The governor issued the declaration Friday for the July 13 crash when
a truck flipped, spilled its gasoline and caught fire at a tunnel-like
underpass connecting State Route 2 with Interstate 5 near Glendale.
The fire ignited nearby brush, and 7,500 gallons of gasoline flowed
into the LA River and underground systems. No one was injured.
Brown’s declaration said the repairs are beyond the control of local
agencies. It makes the project eligible for special federal funding.
Such declarations usually come closer to actual events like flooding or wildfires, but at times come later during recovery