The I-5 Nightmare

O-hisashiburi, desu ne? (=It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?)

Once again, it’s time for me to vow to blog more often. I’ve recently included my blog address on my personal calling cards, so people will probably want something new to read when they visit.

Anyway, about the title of this post. Late last night (Friday, October 12) there was a huge chain-reaction crash in the truck tunnels of the southbound 5 freeway in the Newhall Pass. So far it looks like at least 15 trucks, 10+ injuries and 2 killed—but it’s still so hot inside the tunnel, they can’t even get in there yet to check and see if there might also be cars too. The freeway has been closed since then and is going to remain that way until further notice. Apparently the fire was so hot it burst the rebar and melted the concrete in the tunnel under the main 5 freeway—one story said as many as 10 of the 12 traffic lanes may be compromised and unsafe.

I was at wargames last night in North Hills until about 12:15 AM and got stuck in the reroute of traffic on Balboa and the Old Road. It took me until 3:00 AM before I got home—a mere 23 miles away. It was absolutely horrendous. It makes me glad that I don’t have to commute through there to work everyday, though it’s now a huge pain if I want to get over the hill to the Valley, my sister’s place, my voice acting class and anything else.

Hopefully it’ll get reopened and somewhat back to normal soon. Pretty scary thinking this one accident can essentially sever my access to L.A….

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