CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) - A spill of pool chemicals on Interstate 5 in San Juan Capistrano forced a miles-long closure that tangled traffic well into the northern reaches of San Diego County Tuesday.
The non-injury accident near San Juan Creek Road was reported shortly before 11 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
Authorities shut down the northbound side of the freeway between Camino Capistrano and Basilone Road in the Camp Pendleton area to allow crews to neutralize and mop up the spilled muriatic acid, which had spewed out of bottles that fell off a truck, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Marc Stone.
The closure caused "a heck of a backup" for miles to the south, Stone said.
A congestion alert for the stretch was in effect until shortly after 12:30 p.m., according to the CHP.
Del Mar racing fans had a different reason to cheer on Saturday. This time it was for Martine Bellocq.
Deserts will dry out over the weekend, monsoonal moisture returning by Tuesday. Weekend temperatures slightly warmer as the high moves over the region, bringing in drier air. Beach conditions to improve Saturday. Water temperature slightly cooler than last week.
A man who fired a gun and threatened customers at a Fallbrook bar early Saturday morning was thwarted by patrons who tackled him and held him until law enforcement could arrive, a San Diego County sheriff's deputy said.
A man is suspected of crashing his car into a Skyline home and fleeing before being apprehended by police early Saturday morning.
The San Diego team in the Alliance of American football announced the signing of former San Diego State offensive tackle Terry Poole, a fourth-round choice by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFL draft, and nine other players.
A San Diego man with a prior conviction for the same offense was sentenced in federal court to more than 3 1/2 years in prison for his admitted role in a human-smuggling attempt that seriously injured a U.S. Border Patrol officer.
San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer is free Friday night after posting $2 million bail. He is accused of groping and assaulting more than a dozen women while on duty.