SHERMAN OAKS—A fully loaded tanker truck crashed into the center divider on the southbound side of the 405 freeway in between Burbank Boulevard and the 101 freeway interchange, forcing a closure of all lanes for several hours on Sunday, March 10.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the overturned tanker that contained 9,400 gallons of highly flammable liquid propane at around 7:20 a.m. No leakage or fires were reported by officials. Only a small oil leak from the vehicle motor was reported.
The big rig was unable to be removed until the propane was transferred onto another tanker and uprighted and removed by a private tow service. A hazmat team arrived on the scene as a precaution to take readings and samples from the region.
The 51 year-old driver of the overturned vehicle was taken to a local hospital to be treated for a minor, non-life threatening injury. No other injuries were reported, but the California Highway Patrol indicated the crash launched concrete debris that hit some vehicles driving on the right shoulder and flattened tires
All lanes were reopened before 3 p.m. the California Highway Patrol reported. Authorities are still investigating the exact cause of the incident.