LOS ANGELES (AP) — A big-rig has slammed into an Interstate 5 center divider and caught fire, causing a Los Angeles commuter headache.
The trucker escaped unharmed from the burning cab after the 3:15 a.m. Tuesday crash in the Atwater Village-Silver Lake area about three miles northeast of downtown.
KNX radio says the rig apparently blew a tire.
Both sides of Interstate 5 are shut down while road crews work to remove the truck, which is straddling the concrete divider.
Commuter traffic is backed up for a mile.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Alvarez tells KTTV-TV the freeway likely won't reopen until 6:30 a.m., at the earliest.
Northbound traffic is being taken off the freeway at Stadium Way. Southbound traffic is forced off at Fletcher Drive.
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