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Big pothole on LA freeway damages dozens of cars

About 30 to 40 vehicles had to pull over starting around 6:30 a.m. after running over the gaping hole in the elevator connector road from south Interstate 5 to east Interstate 10. (The Trucker file photo)

The Associated Press

12/31/2013

LOS ANGELES — A big pothole on a Los Angeles freeway interchange damaged dozens of vehicles on Tuesday and forced its closure for at least several hours.

About 30 to 40 vehicles had to pull over starting around 6:30 a.m. after running over the gaping hole in the elevator connector road from south Interstate 5 to east Interstate 10. Some vehicles had flat tires while at least one had its driver's side air bag deployed.

The cars were apparently damaged by exposed metal reinforcing bars where a large chunk of the road surface disintegrated. California Highway Patrol said the hole, which was about 3 feet wide by 6 feet wide, was located at a spot where a big rig truck had overturned on Monday night.

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