Jackknifed big rig prompts SigAlert on Interstate 5

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A jackknifed big rig on southbound Interstate 5 near the Newhall Pass caused traffic delays for morning commuters Thursday.

Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel responded to reports of a solo-big rig that had jackknifed and had fuel spilling on southbound Interstate 5, south of Calgrove Boulevard, around 5:30 a.m., according to Supervisor Franklin Lopez.

A SigAlert was issued for an unknown duration, closing the right three lanes, as Caltrans worked to clean up the 200-gallon diesel spill and 100 feet of damaged guardrail.

By 8:15 a.m., the big rig had been removed from the scene, allowing the reopening of one lane, and a Hazmat team had been dispatched to assist in the cleanup. 

“We’re still on scene just trying to clean up,” Lopez said at 8:30 a.m.

All lanes were reopened just before 3 p.m., per Caltrans officials.

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