Whenever a truck or railroad car overturns and spills, no matter what’s being hauled it can be a cause for concern. Hazardous and non-hazardous spills happen regularly along our roadways and railways every year. In every case, the cleanup and environmental impacts of a spill of any kind can be a cause for concern
On Monday, December 2, a tanker carrying approximately 6,000 gallons of condensed milk spilled some of its contents on the 5 Freeway in Lebec. Television station KTLA in Los Angeles reports that said that the single-vehicle crash happened at around 4:45 a.m. near Smoky Bear Road.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said that the tanker truck veered off the side of the road, through a guardrail and slid approximately 75 feet down an embankment before it came to a stop.
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Cleanup crews began pumping the condensed milk that still remained in the tanker and worked to repair the damaged guardrail, closing down the number four lane along the 5 Freeway until around noon. A second lane was closed at around 1:30 p.m. and remained closed until just before Monday evening rush hour traffic began at around 4:00 p.m.
No injuries were reported in the crash.
Investigators with the CHP are still investigating the cause of the crash.