Five arrests in Santa Ana Freeway stoppage

Five people have been arrested from incidents stemming from two trucks that blocked the northbound Santa Ana Freeway at 8 am today, according to Californian Highway Patrol public information officer Ron Burch.

Five people have been arrested from incidents stemming from two trucks that blocked the northbound Santa Ana Freeway at 8 am today, according to Californian Highway Patrol public information officer Ron Burch.

The incident began at 7:35 am PT and the lanes were cleared by 8:11, he said.

The blockage was believed to have been a calculated response to high diesel prices. The CHP had not received a concrete reason for the blockage yet, Burch said. But the Los Angeles Times reported that one truck displayed a homemade banner tacked to the back of the cab exhorting "Down With Fuel Prices."

The backup left many stuck in miles of traffic. The LA Times reported that similar protests were rumored to be in effect for other area freeways. However, as of 9:08, no protests had been reported elsewhere, Burch said.

"We have received the same information and the highway patrol has resources available for that possibility," Burch said.

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