The California Highway Patrol says wreckage of a flipped big-rig blocking southbound Interstate 5 near the Newhall Pass won’t be cleared and the freeway reopened until late morning.
The 4 a.m. wreck has shut down all southbound travel lanes and has traffic gridlocked for at least 10 miles on I-5 and Interstate 14, some 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. The CHP is allowing one lane through on the right shoulder of the freeway in the Sylmar area near the Roxford Street exit.
CHP Officer Miguel Luevano says the freeway won’t reopen until after 11 a.m.
California Department of Transportation tractors are scooping up bales of recycled cardboard spilled by the tractor-trailer rig.
The trucker wasn’t seriously hurt.