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CHP: I-5 Southbound lanes open, Northbound lanes partially open following chemical spill

Posted at 8:19 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 16:44:44-04

LEBEC, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol said that Southbound lanes of Interstate 5 and the number 1 and 2 Northbound lanes have reopened following an injury accident that caused a chemical spill Wednesday morning.

According to the CHP incident website, around 7:37 a.m., a tanker truck carrying hazardous chemicals crash with a semi-truck and is leaking in the roadway.

CHP said they are diverting Northbound traffic at Highway 138. The recommended detours are shown below.

The type of chemicals are unknown, but CHP is reporting "inhalation, ingestion or skin contact with material may cause severe injury or death. Contact with molten substance may cause severe burns to skin and eyes."

The Kern County Fire Department is on the scene assisting.

At this time, CHP is reporting the closure could last three to four hours.