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Last Updated: Monday, 15 October 2007, 00:24 GMT 01:24 UK
In pictures: US truck pile-up

Lorry pile-up on Interstate 5 near Los Angeles

A 15-truck pile-up in a Southern California freeway tunnel has left three people dead and about 10 injured .

Lorry pile-up on Interstate 5 near Los Angeles

Witnesses said flames belched 100ft (30 metres) into the night sky from the Interstate 5's trucks-only tunnel after the accident in wet conditions on Friday evening.

Lorry pile-up on Interstate 5 near Los Angeles

The collision left half a mile of wreckage and blocked a key link between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Fire crews said 20 people fled the tunnel on foot, including the injured.

Lorry pile-up on Interstate 5 near Los Angeles

Some 300 firefighters tackled the inferno, with the help of flame-retardant foam. Its intense heat made the concrete crack and melt.

Lorry pile-up on Interstate 5 near Los Angeles

The charred skeletons of five ripped-apart trucks were left crumpled and smoking inside the tunnel.

Lorry pile-up on Interstate 5 near Los Angeles

Firefighters are worried the damage could cause the collapse of the structure, 30 miles (50km) north-west of LA.

California freeway

The north and southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were empty as traffic was diverted.





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