An overpass on the Golden State Freeway in Sun Valley, which had previously been struck by an oversized truck, has been hit again by the same kind of vehicle, this time causing concrete and steel reinforcement bars to break loose and damage five vehicles and injure one driver, authorities said Thursday.
The southbound lanes of the freeway near where the Golden State and the Hollywood freeways meet were closed Wednesday and early Thursday between 8:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., and traffic was rerouted while crews cleared the debris. The Golden State Freeway is one of the main thoroughfares for semitrailer trucks hauling goods and produce in and out of Southern California.
The overpass had been under repair since January after it was struck a year earlier by a trailer-truck carrying a crane, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation said.
Inspectors determined Thursday that the overpass, despite being hit twice, remains structurally sound, Caltrans spokeswoman Margie Tiritilli said.
"It's safe," she said. "All the reinforced steel that was hanging loose . . . has been cleared."
Wednesday night's 5.4 magnitude aftershock to the June 28 Big Bear earthquake did not damage the overpass, Tiritilli said.
"By the way it was hit, our own people feel that it could only have been an oversized vehicle to cause that much damage," she said.