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A worker cuts steel rebar with a blow torch as crews and engineers work overnight to dismantle the Paramount Boulevard overpass over the 60 Freeway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Two excavators work to dismantle the damaged 60 Freeway overpass. Crews ran into problems Thursday night that could delay the reopening of the freeway. Go to L.A. Now for the latest updates: latimes.com/lanow.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

A bulldozer clears steel supports as Caltrans workers and engineers work on repairs to the 60 Freeway and the Paramount Boulevard overpass Thursday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Caltrans worked into the night Thursday on repairs after a tanker truck explosion on the 60 Freeway on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

The 60 Freeway will remain closed in both directions between the 605 and the 710 freeways Thursday morning as work crews begin preparing for the demolition of the Paramount Boulevard bridge after Wednesday's fuel tanker fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A lone California Highway Patrol cruiser sits on an empty 60 Freeway that would normally be packed with commuters.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Work crews assess the fire damage to a bridge on the 60 Freeway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A CalTrans walks under is charred columns supporting the Paramount Boulevard bridge over the 60 Freeway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Transit vehicles line the 60 Freeway where a tanker fire erupted Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A gasoline tanker under the Paramount Boulevard overpass on the 60 Freeway burns as a firefighter aids in battling the blaze.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times / Los Angeles Times

Foam is used to try to stop the blaze.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Flames scorch the overpass.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Flames soar from the tanker truck.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A firefighter shoots foam onto the tanker.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Foam rains down on the truck.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Traffic is at a standstill as firefighters battle the blaze.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A freeway sign on the bridge was destroyed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Smoke still rises from the wreckage of the truck.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

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A gasoline tanker was destroyed by fire on the eastbound 60 Freeway beneath the Paramount Boulevard overpass Wednesday. The blaze was so fierce it caused the bridge’s concrete to burst, authorities said.

“The explosion most witnesses heard was the concrete exploding from the extreme heat,” said Montebello Fire Chief Tim Wessell. Water in the concrete boiled, then popped.

The truck driver reported the rear trailer ablaze before he came to a stop under the overpass. The fire burned so hot that he was forced to abandon the truck before he could pull to the side of the freeway, authorities said. He and a passenger escaped uninjured.

The freeway could be closed for several days, authorities said.

10 Comments

  1. November 29, 1999, 4:00 pm

    Chiledog that was actually funny…. I have pulled tanks for a few years now, if I were to have a load of fuel on and looked in my mirror to see it were on fire you would be lucky to get me to set the brakes before I un-assed that truck… OK I say that in jest, but I cant really fault that guy for not worrying about where it stopped before he got out, regardless of the training we go thru…

    By: Odie
  2. November 29, 1999, 4:00 pm

    Richard he did the right things. Parked under a bridge INCASE that tanker exploded shrapnel flying every which way.

    By: Gabe
  3. December 14, 2011, 8:32 pm

    The truck driver stopped under the overpass by instinct, just like a scared cat ducks into a small, covered space. The result is that once the fire took off, it destroyed the overpass as well. I think tank truck drivers should be trained better.

    By: Richard Hode
  4. December 15, 2011, 8:36 am

  5. December 15, 2011, 1:08 pm

    Thats nothing compared to the I95 crash/fire in 2004 that closed I95 in Bridgeport Connecticut for weeks.

    By: mtmactom@yahoo.com
  6. December 15, 2011, 4:35 pm

    Caltrans should post signs at every bridge saying, BURNING TANK TRUCKS NO STOPPING UNDER BRIDGE.

    By: chiledog
  7. December 15, 2011, 5:18 pm

    They are trained to not stop under any overpasses … but sometimes you just don't have the opportunity to stop in time or drive any further. It takes a lot to get a double trailer to stop.

    By: Chaya
  8. December 17, 2011, 11:39 am

    I don't remember that part of the class… Come to think of it, there is no "training" to haul fuel. I got my "X" (Tank and Haz-mat) endorsement, went to a 1 hour orientation at the loading rack then hit the road. I still haven't blown anything up;-)

    By: bdGreg
  9. December 18, 2011, 5:44 pm

    just to let you all know if my gas truck is on fire i dont care where i stop im gettin the hell out and as far away as i can

    By: ghparry
  10. January 11, 2012, 9:30 am

    Its looks so Cool, I bet Ron Knucklehead starts a Lawsuit against the City Planning Division for putting a overpass in the way of his Units using the 60 Fwy. Im going to make T-shirts using this photo.I would also like to name the new Bridge , the Ron Knucklehead Overpass

    By: knuklheadsbuddy

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