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Diesel Fuel, Acid Spills Into Lanes Of Northbound 5 Freeway In La Mirada

LA MIRADA (CBSLA) — The northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway in La Mirada were shut down Monday after hundreds of gallons of corrosive acid spilled into lanes from a big rig crash.

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The crash between a big rig and a sedan happened at about 10:15 a.m. on the southbound 5 Freeway at Valley View Avenue. Debris flew into the northbound lanes, and the CHP reported the semi was leaking fuel from the collision.

Both sides of the freeway were shut down at about 1:20 p.m. Northbound traffic was diverted off the freeway at Carmenita Road, while southbound traffic was taken off at Beach Boulevard.

One person involved in the crash was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

A hazmat crew was sent to the scene to clean up what ended up to be 300 gallons of diesel fuel and non-toxic glycolic acid, a substance used in beauty supply products.

The freeway was fully reopened at about 8:30 p.m.

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