KERN COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Interstate 5 over the Grapevine is closed Wednesday morning after a crash involving a tanker truck hauling hazardous material, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The freeway is currently closed between Grapevine Road in Kern County and Highway 14 in Los Angeles County as traffic is diverted to alternate routes.
The crash occurred around 7:40 a.m. on northbound I-5 near Lebec Road involving a big rig hauling hazardous material, spokeswoman Shasta Tollefson said. The freeway was closed after hazardous material leaked into the roadway.
Caltrans District 7 tweeted that the big rig spilled liquid chlorine and said the Highway 138 connector onto I-5 near Castaic was also closed.
There is no estimation for how long the closure will remain in place.
The CHP asked motorists to avoid traveling through the area or find an alternative route.
Real-time updates can be found on Caltrans QuickMaps website.