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Diesel Spilling From Big Rig On 5 Freeway In Castaic Prompts Hazmat Response

Over 40 gallons of diesel has spilled from a big rig on the 5 Freeway in Castaic, prompting a hazardous materials response, officials said.

The incident was first reported at about 2:20 p.m. Monday on the northbound 5 Freeway near Hasley Canyon Road, according to Leslie Lua, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

“Our units responded to reports of a big rig leaking fuel on the right shoulder,” Lua said.

The big rig reportedly struck a metal object on the freeway which ruptured a fuel line, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP) logs.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a metal pipe in the big rig, with an active leak of 40 to 50 gallons, according to Lua.

A hazardous materials unit from Los Angeles County Fire and officials from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) were requested to the scene, Lua said.

Traffic on the northbound 5 Freeway in Castaic is impacted due to the clean-up of the spill, according to the CHP.

The No. 4 lane of the northbound I-5 near Halsey Canyon Road is closed for an unknown duration due to the spill, according to CHP logs.

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Diesel Spilling From Big Rig On 5 Freeway In Castaic Prompts Hazmat Response

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Devon Miller was born and raised in Santa Clarita. He joined KHTS Radio as a digital marketing intern in September of 2017, and later moved to news as a staff writer in December. Miller attended College of the Canyons and served as the Associated Student Government President. Miller is now News Director for KHTS, covering breaking news and politics across the Santa Clarita Valley.