BELL GARDENS — After clearing away nearly 5,000 gallons of liquid asphalt, Caltrans crews Tuesday morning reopened northbound lanes of the Long Beach (710) Freeway, where a tractor-trailer landed on its side in a four-vehicle collision.
All four lanes just north of Firestone Boulevard were opened at about 8 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Doris Peniche.
The crash was reported at 8:15 p.m. Monday, authorities said. Hot asphalt spilled across all northbound lanes of the freeway.
Three people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.
All lanes on the northbound side of the freeway were closed at Firestone Boulevard until about 6 a.m. Tuesday, when the two left lanes were reopened, the CHP said.
The accident was triggered when a Toyota car moved from the slow lane, forcing the tractor-trailer to swerve, hitting a Mercedes. That car, in turn, hit a Honda, which went into a spin and hit the rig, toppling it over, according to Peniche.