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Crash Involving 2 Big Rigs To Shut Down Northbound 5 Freeway In Gorman For Hours

The northbound 5 Freeway at the 138 in Gorman will be closed well into the afternoon Wednesday after at least two big rigs crashed, spilling a corrosive material into lanes.

GORMAN (CBSLA) — The northbound 5 Freeway at the 138 in Gorman will be closed well into the afternoon Wednesday after at least two big rigs crashed, spilling a corrosive material into lanes.

The crash was first reported at about 3 a.m. between two big rigs, one of which spilled hay bales onto the freeway. The second big rig crashed into the hay bales, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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All northbound lanes were shut down after the crash, and authorities diverted traffic off the freeway at Smokey Bear. The Templin Highway onramp to the northbound 5 Freeway was also shut down. Southbound lanes remain open.

A hazmat team was called in to clean up organic acid that spilled onto lanes. All northbound 5 Freeway lanes at Parker remain closed, while one left lane is open at the 138 Freeway.