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Big pothole on LA freeway damages dozens of cars

Posted: December 31, 2013 3:57 p.m.
Updated: December 31, 2013 3:57 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have reopened a Los Angeles freeway interchange, some 7 ½ hours after a pothole filled with metal rods flattened the tires on dozens of cars.

About 30 to 40 vehicles had to pull over starting around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday after running over the gaping hole in a bridge on the transition road from south Interstate 5 to east Interstate 10.

Some vehicles had flat tires while at least one had its driver's-side air bag deployed.

The cars apparently hit metal reinforcing bars exposed when a chunk of roadway disintegrated.

The California Highway Patrol tells City News Service that the 6-foot-by-3-foot hole developed after a truck hauling a cement mixer crashed at the site Monday night.

The CHP says all lanes of the transition road reopened at about 2 p.m.


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