100 Gallons of Fuel, Giant Paper Rolls Spill onto Freeway After Long Beach Big Rig Crash

Part of the Long Beach (710) Freeway was closed for hours early Wednesday morning when two big rig trucks crashed, dumping fuel and giant rolls of paper onto the road, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

The collision happened at about 12:45AM on Wednesday, January 13, on the southbound 710 Freeway just south of the San Diego (405) Freeway, CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said.

There were no known injuries but the crash resulted in a fuel spill of about 100 gallons onto the freeway, he said, and three giant rolls of paper—each weighing several thousand pounds—spilled from one of the trucks.

A Caltrans crew arrived at the scene to clean up the fuel, and a forklift was called to move the rolls.

“The crash shut down two of three freeway lanes at that particular location,” Villalobos said.

The No. 1 lane was the only open lane for a few hours. The freeway was cleared at 5:33AM after CHP officials declared a SigAlert at 1:12AM.

The crash remained under CHP investigation.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.