5 Freeway crash

Burbank firefighters respond to a crash on the 5 Freeway at Hollywood Way where a big rig collided into the center divider Friday, causing diesel fuel to spill across lanes on both sides of the freeway. (Photo by Ross A. Benson / August 24, 2012)

A big rig crashed into the center divider on the 5 Freeway in Burbank on Friday night, closing all lanes on both sides.

The incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on the southbound side of the freeway at Hollywood Way when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle. After 5:40 p.m., lanes began to reopen on both sides. By 9.30 p.m., all lanes had reopenned, said California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball.

“The biggest concern we had at that point was one of the diesel fuel tanks ruptured and put fuel on both sides of the freeway,” said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson.

The accident was originally reported as a vehicle fire, Hendrickson said. Traffic was backed up for miles in both directions as officials waited for tow trucks to haul the big rig away. Four other vehicles were also involved.

The CHP is investigating the cause of the crash. There were no reported injuries.

-- Tiffany Kelly, Times Community News and Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times

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