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Crane Tips Over Near SR-56, I-15, Prompting Hazmat Response

Clean-up efforts were extended to approximately 7 a.m.

A major North County freeway connector was closed Thursday after a crane, with more than 160 gallons of hydraulic fluid, tipped over, stalling traffic.

The crash happened at approximately 4:45 p.m. Wednesday on the State Route 56 eastbound onramp to southbound Interstate 15 near San Diego's Sabre Springs neighborhood. 

The onramp connects two major San Diego freeways.

Approximately 40 gallons of fluid spilled on the ramp, prompting a Hazmat response. 

[GALLERY] Crane Carrying Hydraulic Fluid Tips Over on SR-56

At the time of the crash, the crane driver was going 15 miles an hour, officials said. No alcohol or drugs were involved. The crash happened because of a simple malfunctioning issue, officials said. 

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials say an extra crane was needed to lift the crane out. 

As of 6 a.m., all lanes of eastbound SR-56 were open to traffic. The on-ramp to SB I-15 was still closed. Crews were cleaning up the spilled fuel. Clean-up efforts were extended to approximately 7 a.m.

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