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50 gallons of spilled diesel, reduces traffic to one I-5 lane for 4 hours

About 50 gallons of diesel spilled from a punctured fuel tank on a big rig late Thursday night, prompting the shutdown of four southbound lanes of Interstate 5 for close to four hours while firefighters worked to contain the spill.

The spill happened at 10 p.m., in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5, just south of McBean Parkway.

“None of the spilled fuel got into the storm drain,” said Sky Cornell, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol shut down all but the No. 1 lane, also commonly referred to as the fast lane, at 10:33 p.m., CHP Officer Eric Priessman said.

All lanes were reopened at 2:25 a.m. Friday, he said.

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