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Big rig crash shuts 5 Freeway in Elysian Park

January 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A fiery big rig crash closed all lanes in both directions of the 5 Freeway in Elysian Park for several hours Tuesday morning.

The truck driver said he was going southbound when his brakes just locked up and he crashed into the center divider. The big rig then burst into flames.

The driver managed to get out and is expected to be OK. He said the truck was empty because he just made a delivery.

Another driver traveling northbound hit some debris from the truck crash, but there was only minor damage to the car.

All lanes reopened by 7:45 a.m. Prior to that, traffic was diverted off at Fletcher Drive on the southbound side and at Stadium Way on the northbound side.