Sunday afternoon April 26, a tanker truck crash ignited an inferno on southbound side of 710 freeway in Bell that kept lanes closed all the way into the next morning.
The truck accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday near Florence Avenue. The driver heard a loud pop as he was merging onto the freeway. He began slowing down and pulled over to the right shoulder, but the trailer of the truck had already overturned and was being dragged over.
The tanker truck was carrying about 8,500 gallons of gasoline when it ignited an inferno.
It took about an hour for fire fighters to extinguish the flames. Because there were no water sources nearby the southbound lanes, fire fighters had to extend a water line across the northbound side resulting in closure of all northbound and southbound lanes of the 710 Freeway.
The northbound lanes were opened around 9 p.m. Sunday evening and Caltrans official are hoping to reopen two southbound lanes by 3 p.m. on Monday.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.