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Big rig crashes are scary. For one, it’s a big vehicle and can cause a ton of damage. But also because big rig trucks usually carry heavy supplies, or dangerous liquid supplies. Either way, a crash with those big boys are always scary and seldom end well.
According to the local news, all lanes on the Southbound 15 Freeway in the Lake Elsinore area finally reopened on a Wednesday morning, just fifteen hours after a tanker truck crashed. The tanker was hauling 8,700 gallons of fuel, which erupted during the crash. Flames and black smoke was everyone. The tanker had the traffic backed up for miles. I’m sure it would have been an incredible, scary sight to see.
The blaze was first reported North of Nichols Road. The report came in just shortly after one o’clock in the afternoon. The flame sparked when a tire blew on the tanker truck.
The CHP (California Highway Patrol) opened up the fast lane on the southbound 15 Freeway at 4:35 p.m. so that traffic could still move. However they clear the other three lanes just shortly before 5:30 a.m. Which is pretty good considering how much EPA laws and regulations go into cleaning up a spill like this.
Luckily the driver of the tanker truck was not injured. The driver parked the truck on the right should of the freeway then quickly fled before his cab was overcome by the flames. Pretty smart and quick thinking for such a life threatening moment.
A hazardous materials crew came out to clean up the site. Caltrans officials also came out to replace more than a dozen 15 foot pavement slabs that were damaged during the fire.
According to the news report, all of the westbound lanes had to be closed on the 210 Freeway. They had to be blocked for just a short time near the Lake Avenue in Pasadena. This was after a collision involving a big rig truck and a car. The crash left four people injured.
The crash was reported around 2:30 p.m. and the Pasadena Fire Department as well as the paramedics were quick to respond and tend to the incident and those injured. According to the paramedics, all of the victims had to be transported to the local hospital, just to be safe. None had suffered from life-threatening injuries though.
Drivers were asked to use Foothill and Orange Grove boulevards, but only as alternate routes. The California Highway Patrol will continue to investigate this crash.
A sad, fatal accident which happen to involve a big rig, shut down the northbound lanes of the 710 Freeway in Long Beach Monday morning.
There was an overturned big rig. It was reported around nine o’clock that morning. The Northbound lanes had to be closed at Willow Street as well as the on-ramps and to the 710 North as well.
The California Highway Patrol, do not know the cause of this incident at this time.
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