2 killed in fiery tanker truck crash on LA freeway

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Two people were killed when a tanker truck crashed and burst into flames in Hawthorne Friday morning, prompting officials to close the 105 Freeway in both directions.

The crash occurred about 5:15 a.m. on the westbound side of the freeway near Crenshaw Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic incident log, KTLA reported.

The fuel tanker and another vehicle were involved in a collision and ended up in the center divider, the CHP stated.

At some point, the tanker truck burst into flames creating a fireball on the westbound 105 Freeway.

Two people were killed in the crash, the Los Angeles County Fire Department confirmed on Twitter.

It was unclear what vehicles the fatalities occurred in.

Officials were forced to shut down the freeway in both directions the tanker truck continued to burn.

The incident was also impacting the train tracks that run along the freeway.

Check back for updates on this developing story.