FROM Ben Baeder
Tanker Truck Fire Creates Chaos for Commuters on the 60 Freeway Since 8800 gallons of gasoline burned in a tanker fire yesterday under the Paramount Boulevard Bridge, the 60 freeway has been closed for 10 miles between the 605 and the 710. Now Caltrans says it will be open again for commuters, but not until tomorrow night. Ben Baeder is former deputy metro editor at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He's now a freelance reporter.
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