Both directions of the 5 Freeway were shut down after a big rig crashed through the center divider early Thursday morning in Glendale.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash took place at around 2:20 a.m. just north of Colorado Street near the 134 Freeway where the northbound truck lost control and crashed through the center median with such force that large chunks of concrete debris were thrown onto lanes on both sides.

Early reports have indicated that 15 to 20 cars suffered damages in the accident, ranging from flat tires to more serious front-end damage caused by the scattered debris. One vehicle also crashed into the back of the big rig, which suffered the most significant damage, having lost the entirely of its front axle. Fortunately, no injuries, including from the driver of the semi-truck, were reported.

The accident forced the complete shutdown of the major highway for several hours as crews worked to remove the debris and broken down big rig from the road. Traffic was diverted throughout the early morning hours through the 134 Freeway.

By 6:30 a.m., more than four hours after the crash, the southbound lanes were reopened, though the northbound direction remains closed, causing major backups throughout the Glendale area as workers set off on their morning commutes. Drivers throughout the area should anticipate major delays throughout the remainder of the morning while the final cleanup is still being completed.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in a big rig accident such as this, you should seek help. These kinds of accidents regularly see a magnified level of damage inflicted on those involved as a result of a much larger truck smashing into a smaller passenger vehicle. Injuries sustained are often much more severe, requiring extensive care to mend.

Fortunately, through the assistance of a highly qualified Los Angeles truck accident lawyer, compensation can be recovered to help pay for these expensive medical bills, car repair payments, trips to the hospital, and even replace wages lost from time spent away from work.

At AA Accident Attorneys, we can guide you through this difficult time and get you’re the results you need to make a full recovery. We can carefully explain the options available to you, and as always, we will not charge you anything for our services until your case is won. Call us right away for a free evaluation and to learn how our truck accident lawyers can help you today!