Tanker spills 5 gallons of crude oil a minute onto Interstate 5

First responders work to clear the scene of an overturned tanker that was leaking five gallons of crude oil a minute on the Southbound Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Crystal Perata

A tanker carrying a full load was spilling approximately five gallons of crude oil a minute after being in a single-vehicle traffic collision on the Southbound Interstate 5 near Pyramid Lake, according to L.A. County Fire officials.

The incident was reported around 10:14 a.m.

A SigAlert was issued closing lanes 3 and 4 on the southbound side near Vista del Lago Road. It was still in effect as of 1:09 p.m.

One person was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital with minor injuries.

The vehicle was near the edge of the roadway and some oil dropped 100 feet down a cliff.

Hazmat responded to the collision as well.

The tanker was spilling oil for at least five hours on Sunday.

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