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Chemical spill snarls Bay Area commute

A chlorine spill stopped traffic at a standstill along a popular Bay Area commuter corridor this morning.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a truck overturned about 7:40 a.m. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that several plastic buckets of chlorine spilled onto the road, and the Interstate 680-580 interchange was closed for two hours, sending traffic exiting onto city streets.

Another accident earlier today closed several lanes on westbound Interstate 580 in Livermore for more than two hours, the Chronicle reported. Shortly after 6 a.m., two big rigs crashed, injuring one of the drivers.

The freeways reopened and traffic returned to normal later in the morning.

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