LIVERMORE -- All lanes of traffic on Interstate 580 were reopened five hours after a big-rig truck overturned early Friday morning and slowed traffic to a crawl, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The truck, traveling westbound on I-580 near the Vasco Road exit, crashed into the center divide about 4:15 a.m., CHP Officer Eric Anderson said.

One person was hospitalized with a complaint of pain, though the injury was not considered serious, Anderson said. It was not known if the injured person was the driver of the big-rig.

Several lanes in both directions were closed after the crash, but all lanes were reopened by 9:15 a.m. It was not known immediately what caused the wreck, but officials said another car may have stalled and that the big-rig may have been trying to avoid it.

The overturn spilled a small amount of gas onto the freeway and a hazardous materials team was cleaning it up, Anderson said.

It was the second time this week a big-rig crash snarled traffic during the morning commute on I-580 in the Livermore area. On Monday, a truck carrying tropical produce overturned in westbound lanes near Greenville Road.

Natalie Neysa Alund contributed to this report. Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rderh



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