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Charred underpass connecting 2, 5 freeways declared emergency

Traffic backup is seen on the northbound 5 Freeway near the 2 Freeway on Monday, July 15, 2013.

September 21, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for the freeway underpass that was badly damaged more than two months ago after a tanker truck caught fire near Glendale.

The declaration was announced Friday for the underpass connecting the 2 and 5 freeways.

Brown says the repairs are currently beyond the control of local agencies and the declaration makes federal funding available.

Back in July, a truck flipped, spilled more than 7,000 gallons of gasoline and caught fire at the tunnel.