Big rig drives off freeway in Burbank, driver suffers minor injuries

BURBANK, Calif. (CNS) -- A motorist driving a semi-truck escaped with minor injuries when his big rig went off an off-ramp from the 5 Freeway in Burbank Sunday, and onto the street below.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, according to the Burbank Fire Department.

Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched at 5:58 a.m. to the freeway at the Empire Avenue off-ramp. Paramedics took the driver to a hospital with minor injuries.

The crashed and jackknifed truck was blocking the off-ramp and the right lane on southbound I-5, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The CHP issued a SigAlert, which was later canceled, but the offramp and lanes were expected to remain closed until at least 7 p.m. for guardrail repair, CHP Officer Stephan Brandt said.

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