A truck speeding down the Grapevine hill spilled a load of carrots across all four lanes of the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway at the Los Angeles-Kern County line, forcing closure of the major freeway from L.A. to the north.
The speeding double truck apparently spilled its trailer on the steep downgrade, dragging it sideways and throwing a shower of sparks into heavy brush on both sides of the road. CHP officers at a command post in Glendale and saw fire moving up a grass hillside to the east of the freeway.
Traffic was stopped in all four lanes shortly after the 2 p.m. wreck, as health department and Caltrans bulldozer crews were sent to the scene to clear the foodstuff.
CHP officers from the Bakersfield station, and firefighters from both Los Angeles and Kern counties, were sent there as well.
The crash happened on a four percent downgrade where trucks are restricted to a 35 mile per hour limit, and runaway truck ramps are located on both sides of the roadway. Last month, a CHP officer was seriously injured
there as he was trying to clearf the way for a speeding truck.