GLENDALE, CA. – A suspected drunk driver in a Honda Accord traveling westbound on the 134 Freeway in Glendale, California slammed into the back of the rear trailer of a double tanker truck, causing the tanker carrying 8,600 gallons of gasoline to hit a guardrail and to explode into flames. The city of Glendale is located in Los Angeles County.
The accident occurred at about 11 p.m. Saturday night at the interchange of the 134 and the 5 freeways. The Accord came to a stop on the right shoulder of the freeway.
It took more than 100 firefighters about 90 minutes to contain the blaze.
Both directions of the 134 were closed near the 5 freeway junction. The CHP re-opened the eastbound lanes just before 7 a.m. Sunday, and all lanes were open again by 10:15 p.m. Sunday.
About 6,000 gallons of fuel burned in the fire. Cleanup crews offloaded the remaining 3,000 gallons of gasoline from the tanker.
Some of the fuel did spill on the freeway, prompting concerns that it may have made its way into the L.A. River below.
Hazardous materials and marine safety crews were on the scene Sunday.
No injuries were reported in the crash.
The driver of the Honda Accord was idenitfied as 25-year-old, Hakop Maghakyan, who was arrestd on suspicion of DUI by the LAPD, but was out on $5,000 bail Sunday afternoon.
Commuters traveling on their way to work on the 134 freeway Monday morning saw the stretch of charred overpass that was scorched by flames in Saturday’s crash.
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