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Fuel tanker crash blocks Los Angeles freeway for hours

August 7, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fuel tanker that overturned on a Southern California freeway during morning rush-hour traffic has forced an hours-long shutdown as crews clean up spilled diesel.

The crash was reported around 7 a.m. Wednesday on northbound Interstate 5 north of downtown Los Angeles.

The California Highway Patrol says the driver was trying to avoid another vehicle when the truck turned over around 7 a.m. He was able to exit the truck with no injuries.

Officials say the shutdown is expected to last five hours.

A CHP spokesman reports extensive traffic backups.

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