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Fuel spill snarls 405 traffic through Sepulveda Pass

A diesel fuel spill on the northbound 405 Freeway snarled traffic through the Sepulveda Pass on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.

October 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A diesel fuel spill from a big rig shut down multiple lanes on the northbound 405 Freeway, snarling traffic Friday morning.

The spill was reported at about 3 a.m. at Getty Center Drive, according to California Highway Patrol. As of 7 a.m., traffic was backed up to Wilshire Boulevard. Onlookers also slowed southbound traffic, which was backed up nearly to Sherman Way.

Authorities say 90 gallons of fuel leaked onto the road, and crews were setting up sandbags to stop it from getting into storm drains.

The cause of the spill remains unknown. Commuters were advised to take Sepulveda Boulevard as an alternate route while crews work to clean up the spill.