The northbound I 5 Freeway was shut down around noon today, Tuesday, October 25, 2010. Containers of muriatic acid, commonly used to clean swimming pools and Jacuzzi’s, were spilled across the freeway northbound near San Juan Creek Road in South Orange County.
The first responders were notified at approximately 11:15 A.M. today, Tuesday. They closed the freeway at several points, including the northbound on ramp at Stonehill and Camino Capistrano. Vehicles Northbound on Camino Capistrano were making U turns out of traffic and heading back to find alternate routes north.
Car Accident Attorney Becomes A Reporter
San Juan Capistrano car accident and personal injury attorney John P. Burns became a reporter when he got involved in the traffic mess trying to get back to his office. Mr. Burns had to backtrack on his drive from Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) to Camino Capistrano to Stonehill.
He went back to PCH to get to Del Obispo Street and the Ortega Highway on ramp in San Juan Capistrano. When that route was also blocked he had to go to Del Avion, Golden Lantern, Paseo de Colinas and Avery Parkway to get back to his office on Rancho Niguel Road.
The northbound lanes were again opened at 12:30 PM but the backup was still there. Many cars were lined up on the roadways near the I 5 freeway still trying to get to the northbound lanes.