Big Rig Flips on Major Freeway

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    NBC San Diego

    A big rig flipped overnight in the North County shutting down lanes on Interstate-5 and making for a rough morning commute, according to CHP officials.

    The big rig flipped over on the southbound lanes, just south of Tamarack Avenue in Carlsbad. It crashed into the center divide. Two southbound lanes were closed off for hours near the Cannon Road exit.

    The driver said he was coming from Los Angeles and on his way to a company here in San Diego called Mat EXPRESS. In a matter of seconds he said he lost control of the big rig.

    “I heard the explosion on the left side tire. So I tried to control the truck,” Salvador Salinas said.

    The breaks didn't respond.

    The trailer was transporting about 24,000 pounds of motor parts, which were scattered along the freeway.

    The driver of the big rig has minor pains in his back, but was not seriously injured.

    The Sig Alert was cancelled at 8.58 a.m. and the lanes were reopened.