LOS ANGELES - The collision of a sedan and gasoline tanker led to a spectacular blaze on the Ventura Freeway near Glendale late Saturday night, that snarled traffic for hours but thankfully caused no injury.
The crash and fire on the westbound lanes of the 134 Freeway transition to the southbound Golden State (I-5) Freeway, was reported to the Los Angeles Fire Department on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 11:09 PM, bringing the rapid response of more than 150 firefighters from the LAFD as well as automatic aid from the Burbank, Glendale and Bob Hope Airport Fire Departments.
Firefighters arrived quickly to find a semi-truck tanker with a twin tank trailer, carrying a capacity load of 9,000 gallons of gasoline, to be fully enveloped in fire, after being struck by a compact sedan. Despite the inferno and a long trail of flames, both drivers were able to flee their vehicles without injury.
With thousands of gallons of flammable fuel already spilled and ablaze, first arriving firefighters carefully staged their apparatus and command post uphill and upwind, as they attacked a wall of flame more than 20 feet tall.
Local law enforcement agencies and the California Highway Patrol quickly curtailed traffic on and seeking to enter the busy freeway interchange, aiding the effort to prevent injury and environmental harm.
Firefighters labored for 70 minutes to fully extinguish the flames and dike the flow of as much as 3,000 gallons of unburned gasoline, to prevent it from igniting or entering storm drains.
No injuries were reported, and there were no evacuations.
Following the Fire Deparment's mitigation of primary hazards, control of the scene was returned jointly to the California Highway Patrol, County of Los Angeles Health Hazardous Materials Division and the California Department of Transportation, with the latter agency to perform a detailed physical assessment of the overpass for possible fire related damage.
Dispatched LAFD Units: E76 E56 RA56 E250 T50 BC5 FT100 E100 FT36 E36 E235 T35 E86 E60 T60 E260 E82 E220 T20 SQ21 DC3 EM2 BC14 EA1 E21 T21 E221 H0D H0F BC2 BC11 H4 H3 E29 E90 T90 E290 E289 T89 E12 E10 H0B H6 SQ87 E87 T87 E287[ photos ] [ slideshow ] [ video ]
Submitted by Shawn Lenske and Brian Humphrey, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department