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Multi-car collision closes part of I-5

Hundreds of gallons of fluid spills onto roadway, prompting cleanup

Posted: January 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.

About 200 gallons of hydraulic fluid spilled onto the ground near Castaic Sunday from a big rig involved in a multi-vehicle collision, according to the California Highway Patrol.

No one hurt in the incident and there was no reported fire, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Shortly after 12:40 p.m. Sunday, three vehicles, including the big rig, were involved in a collision in the fast lane near the center divider in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Parker Road, said a CHP officer.

By the time CHP officers arrived, the big rig and another vehicle were on the right shoulder of the southbound freeway, CHP said. The big rig was reported to be leaking fluid near the slow lane.

“About 200 gallons of hydraulic fluid leaked,” a CHP officer told The Signal Sunday at about 6:30 p.m.

Shortly after 1 p.m., CHP officers issued a sig alert for the southbound lanes of interstate 5 at Hasley Canyon Road.The number 4 lane, or slow lane, was blocked to traffic on freeway just north of Parker Road to Hasley Canyon Road as crews worked to contain the spill.

Sand was dumped on top of the spilled hydraulic fluid, CHP said.

Traffic was disrupted in the area for more than three hours while the sig alert remained in place and the cleanup continued.
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