I-5 Lanes Reopen After Nine Hours

Truck driver swerves while reaching for soda

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    Authorities responded to a collision on the I-5 early Tuesday morning.

    Two lanes of the northbound I-5 past Camp Pendleton were closed Tuesday morning, resulting in major slowing near Las Pulgas.

    The closure was a result of two big rigs colliding, scattering debris, diesel and tomatoes across the freeway. The lanes reopened at about 10:30 a.m.

    At around 1 a.m. the driver of a big rig carrying 37,000 pounds of tomatoes reached down to grab a soda and then swerved to the right, slamming into a Fed-Ex truck, CHP officials said.

    Thousands of Tomatoes Spill on Highway

    [DGO] Thousands of Tomatoes Spill on Highway
    A truck carrying thousands of pounds of tomatoes is to blame for backing up traffic Tuesday morning.

    CHP Officer Chris Parent said it was amazing that no one was injured.

    Caltrans unloaded the 37,000 pounds of tomatoes one pallet at a time, wrapping them and reloading them into another truck. That is why the lanes took so long to reopen, Parent said.