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July 21, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Traffic was backed up for nearly five hours Tuesday from Santa Ana to Irvine after a truck spilled more than 2,500 pounds of treated sewage on the northbound Santa Ana Freeway, authorities said. "I'm told it looked like an asphalt spill," said Officer Katrina Lundgren, a spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol, of the 2 p.m. spill at Main Street. The load was considered nonhazardous, she said.
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December 24, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A Honda that caught fire on the westbound 10 Freeway in Baldwin Park blocked all but the HOV lane Tuesday night, creating a huge traffic jam on Christmas Eve but no injuries. No ambulance or paramedics were called, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The car was blocking freeway traffic near the Baldwin Park Boulevard exit, said California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball. The Fire Department received a call about the fire about 6:45 p.m. Two engine companies were dispatched to the scene, and when they arrived they found the Honda's fuel tank was on fire, said Michael Pitman, the supervising dispatcher for the Fire Department.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1987 | Mark Landsbaum \f7
A burning bag containing a sulfur-based compound disrupted freeway traffic for about three hours Tuesday in Anaheim, first as passing cars fanned the fire and later when workmen closed an on-ramp and two traffic lanes to clean up the spill, authorities said. A witness told authorities that the bag, which also contained another unidentified chemical, fell off a truck onto the southbound Santa Ana Freeway at the Manchester Avenue on-ramp about 10 a.m., Anaheim Fire Marshal Michael Doty said.
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September 19, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A two-car collision and subsequent fire on the 10 Freeway Thursday morning caused all eastbound lanes to be closed while crews doused the flames. The incident occurred at about 9:22 a.m. on the eastbound 10 Freeway at City Terrace Drive, said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos. Two cars collided and one of them caught fire, Villalobos said. At least one person was taken to a hospital with burn injuries. "We did have to block off all the eastbound lanes while the fire department put out the fire," he said.  Two of the lanes were opened about an hour later, but the four other eastbound lanes remained closed, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1987
Life in these United States--and the world (in no particular order): covert operations; air safety; Toshiba sales to Russia; nuclear winters; gangs; taxes; crooked TV evangelists; minority problems; lying government officials; the deficit; terrorism; teen-age suicide; freeway shootings; inept President; apartheid; unemployment; AIDS; Middle East; freeway traffic; communism; heart disease; Nicaragua; acid rain; crime; Nazism, 40 years later; starvation; nuclear...
NEWS
January 15, 1987
A nude man leaped to his death this morning from the Vermont Avenue overpass onto the southbound Hollywood Freeway and was struck by several cars, the California Highway Patrol reported. There was no indication of why he jumped. The CHP said the unidentified victim, with his clothes bundled under one arm, jumped into the outside lane at 6:08 a.m. It took more than an hour to clear the lane, causing freeway traffic to back up for 10 miles, into the San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2000
Re "Council Orders Prescription to Decongest the 101," Jan. 8. The northbound San Diego Freeway transition road to the westboound Ventura Freeway has to be unique for two reasons. First, it is one of the few freeway interchanges that allows on-flowing street traffic into the transisiton roads. The classic interchange is a cloverleaf with only freeway traffic in the interchange. And second, it has the only onramp traffic (from Sepulveda Boulevard, south of Ventura Boulevard) that allows street onramp traffic to travel north, east and west.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1993
There are an estimated 6.6 million commuters in Southern California, and a greater percentage of them are driving alone to work than ever before: 79% in 1993, compared to 77% last year. But drivers are cutting their travel distances and last year spent less time in their cars. Here are some of the findings of a recent survey.
NEWS
October 30, 1986
Sheriff's deputies arrested three men suspected of robbing a Cerritos woman and then killing her by pushing her from a moving automobile into freeway traffic. Deputy Dave Hogan said Yu-Chui Lin Lee, 42, apparently stopped to ask directions of the three men a few hours before dawn on Oct. 14.
OPINION
July 24, 2012
Re "Will Carmageddon sequel be worse?," July 20 What the first "Carmageddon" proved to me (as much as the 1984 Summer Olympics before it) is that most car trips in and around L.A. are not only nonessential but downright pointless. When confronted with the World War II-era question, "Is this trip necessary?," I would have to believe that most Los Angeles drivers would say no. One way to combat the L.A. freeway traffic would be to close a few highways down regularly to make people prioritize their travel and their lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A fatal collision between a big rig and motorcyclist in San Dimas closed part of the 10 Freeway and backed up traffic for miles during the Monday morning commute. The collision, reported at 4:27 a.m., occurred on the westbound 10 Freeway near the Kellogg Drive exit, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada. Investigators were trying to determine what caused the crash, which killed the motorcyclist,   ABC News  reported. A SigAlert was issued for the westbound 10 Freeway between Highway 57 and Kellogg Drive.
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July 13, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer, Bob Pool and Ari Bloomekatz
An overturned tanker truck carrying thousands of gallons of gas poured a "burning river of fuel" through storm drains in the Elysian Valley area Saturday, snarling traffic on the 5 Freeway near downtown for most of the day, officials said. Some of the burning fuel made its way into the L.A. River, setting the water aflame. Fire authorities said there were no injuries. The tanker was carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline when it overturned at the junction of the 2 and 5 freeways north of downtown Saturday morning.
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May 13, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A brush fire burning in the Castaic area snarled traffic on the northbound 5 Freeway and threatened a mobile home park, but no evacuations were ordered, officials said. The blaze had burned 25 to 30 acres of brush in the Angeles National Forest as flames backed down a hillside about a quarter-mile from the Paradise Ranch Mobile Home Park, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. "The body of the fire is walking back down the hillside," Inspector Anthony Atkins told The Times.
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April 25, 2013 | By Martha Groves
Entrepreneur Elon Musk has already spent $50,000 trying to make the 405 Freeway better - and he's willing to pay even more. Musk said he is open to pay the cost of adding workers to the widening project "as a contribution to the city and my own happiness. If it can actually make a difference, I would gladly contribute funds and ideas. I've super had it. " In July, the PayPal and Tesla Motors co-founder met David Murphy, a Westwood resident who heads Angelenos Against Gridlock, a group seeking to hasten the development and repair of infrastructure in California and nationwide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Robert J Lopez
A big-rig tanker collided with another truck on the 5 Freeway, spilling milk on the busy artery and forcing the closure of all southbound lanes at Magic Mountain Parkway. The accident was reported by the California Highway Patrol shortly before 9 p.m. The agency opened one lane a short while later but traffic was heavily backed up in the area. The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to the scene. At least one person was reported injured. No other details were immediately available.
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January 19, 2013 | By Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times
The first question my well-meaning acquaintances ask is, "Do you take that thing on the freeway?" Since that thing is a 1.2-liter engine on two wheels and a 600-pound body, that's actually a rather silly question. But I know it's only a warm-up for what's really on their minds: "Are you one of those who cut in between cars?" Yes, I am. And I'm aware - even without the disapproving tone of the question - of the emotions I raise when you see me in the rear view mirror, or worse, become aware of my presence as I cross the plane of your windshield: momentary panic, then relief, and last, outrage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1986
It is not unusual while driving to work (or anywhere) to get stuck in heavy freeway traffic. Cars inch along for miles, bumper to bumper, then sud-denly the tie-up disappears as mysteriously as it began. If there had been an accident, a lane closure or some other identifiable cause, the jam would have made sense. But why, we have long wondered, does traffic grind to a halt for no reason? Wonder no more. This very question (along with its corollary--what causes the traffic to clear?
NEWS
February 10, 1986
Times staff writer Marshall Berges is so frustrated at tailgaters (Other Views, Jan. 23) that he wants to become the Rambo of the Roadways, pummeling miscreants with secret-compartmented iron balls and other schoolboy inventions. I sure can't blame him for being frustrated about tailgaters, and the threat they pose to life and property. But his "solutions" are typical of those produced by the Rambo mentality--they don't work, and worse, they distract from seeking effective, intelligent solutions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2012 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
The neighborhood was unfamiliar and the local roads confusing. So like any wise traveler, the 300-pound black bear that sauntered through Montrose on Sunday morning headed for the freeway, prompting the California Highway Patrol to stop traffic on the 210 in both directions. The bear strolled through several residential yards, caused a brief panic at a soccer game at Crescenta Valley High School and engaged in a short staring contest with a woman reading the paper on her porch.
OPINION
July 24, 2012
Re "Will Carmageddon sequel be worse?," July 20 What the first "Carmageddon" proved to me (as much as the 1984 Summer Olympics before it) is that most car trips in and around L.A. are not only nonessential but downright pointless. When confronted with the World War II-era question, "Is this trip necessary?," I would have to believe that most Los Angeles drivers would say no. One way to combat the L.A. freeway traffic would be to close a few highways down regularly to make people prioritize their travel and their lives.
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