Sanitation Truck Spill Slows Holiday Traffic in Sylmar

Crews worked to clear the pile of garbage during a busy Thanksgiving travel day

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012  |  Updated 12:54 PM PDT
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A sanitation truck driver pulled over after the truck's load caught fire near the 405 and 5 freeway interchange in Sylmar. Raw Video from Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.

A sanitation truck driver pulled over after the truck's load caught fire near the 405 and 5 freeway interchange in Sylmar. Raw Video from Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.

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A sanitation truck spilled its load at the entrance to the northbound 5 Freeway near the 405 Freeway Wednesday morning, leaving a pile of garbage on the road that crews worked for about two hours to  clear during a busy holiday travel day.

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The spill caused a traffic backup on the northbound 5 Freeway and both sides of the 405 Freeway (map).

The southbound side of the 405 Freeway was slow from the 14 Freeway. The northbound side was backed up to Nordhoff Street.

The cleanup was finished at about noon.

The initial CHP report at 9:44 a.m. indicated that the sanitation truck's load was on fire as the vehicle was traveling on the freeway. The driver pulled over near the freeway interchange.

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