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Two Big Rig Crashes Slow I-5 Traffic For Morning Commute

Two Big Rig Crashes Slow I-5 Traffic For Morning Commute

Two separate big rig crashes on Interstate 5 tangled traffic for morning commuters in the Santa Clarita Valley for several hours Wednesday morning.

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The first crash happened on I-5 on the northbound side, south of the Interstate 5-Highway 14 exchange near Newhall around 4:45 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol reports.

Carmen Ramirez, 52, of San Bernardino, reportedly fell asleep at the wheel, crashed and was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries, the CHP report stated.

The 2011 Freightliner Ramirez was driving northbound in the No. 3 lane “drifted off the east edge of the roadway and struck the metal guard rail and concrete support column directly under the Lower Cross,” according to a report from Sgt. J. Mair of the California Highway Patrol.

The truck came to rest blocking three lanes of traffic, and all lanes on the northbound side were blocked for about 45 minutes while emergency personnel removed diesel fuel spilling across the freeway, officials said.

Once the diesel was contained the center divider was opened to traffic.  

This collision is still under investigation, and the lanes remained closed for several hours.

A second crash involving a tanker truck on Interstate 5 on the northbound side, near Lake Hughes Road, was reported around 6:30 a.m.

No arrests were reported in either crash, according to officials.

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Source: Santa Clarita News


Two Big Rig Crashes Slow I-5 Traffic For Morning Commute

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