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Early Morning Car Crash Leads to Taco Truck Selling on the Freeway

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A two-vehicle collision on the 105 freeway snarled traffic for hours

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

A deadly early morning crash on the 105 freeway near the 405 interchange led to snarled traffic for hours this AM — and an opportunity to sell some breakfast items for one enterprising catering truck.

AC Catering was stuck in the same freeway-turned-parking-lot scenario as hundreds of other motorists in the pre-dawn hours this morning, hugging the carpool lane while waiting out the emergency response and cleanup. Eventually the crew decided to pop open the window and do a little business, even turning on the lights for morning motorists, who immediately began to queue up. That’s per the Los Angeles Times and photographer Chris Keller, who managed to capture the surprising image below:

AC Catering is a large-scale food truck operation that runs out of a nearly four-acre lot in Bell Gardens. The company has been in business since the ‘70s as a stable, commissary kitchen, and maintenance bay for some of LA’s most well-known food trucks, and they even have their own branded rigs that do daytime work at places like construction zones, business parks, and at LAX.

The confluence of cars, crashes, and food is nothing new in Los Angeles. Earlier this year a woman was sentenced to one year in jail for a deadly crash that killed a pedestrian in front of a Boyle Heights taco stand, and the popular Tere’s Mexican Grill on Melrose was the site of a deadly hit-and-run crash of its own back in April.