A big rig crash on the I-5 Freeway resulted in at least one person being killed, causing traffic to be halted on both the 5 and 14 Freeways for several hours.
A big rig crash on the I-5 Freeway resulted in at least one person being killed, causing traffic to be halted on both the 5 and 14 Freeways for several hours, officials said.
At around 11:44 p.m. Wednesday night, officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department received reports of a crash on the southbound truck route of the I-5 Freeway, close to the I-210 Freeway connector, according to Martin Rangel, dispatch supervisor with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
“(The semi-truck) drifted to the left off the roadway for an unknown reason and collided with four attenuator barrels,” reads the CHP report.
The semi then struck a guard rail and subsequently collided with a concrete bridge pillar, according to Officer Lucke, the lead investigator for the crash.
“One party was trapped, requiring extrication,” Rangel said.
Two individuals were involved in the crash, with one of them being killed as a result, according to Rangel.
“There were two patients,” Rangel said. “One in critical condition, one dead on arrival.”
The passenger sustained major injuries and was transported to Providence Holy Cross Hospital, according to the CHP.
The cause of this traffic collision is currently under investigation. Any additional information about this traffic collision will be available at a later date, according to CHP officials.
Name of deceased being withheld pending next of kin notification from Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.
The crash caused the load of the big rig to spill out onto the freeway, prompting officials to issue a SIG-Alert for all southbound lanes on the I-5 Freeway for approximately four hours.
Sylmar: SB I-5 at SR-210 right lane closed. SB SR-14 & SB I-5 truck lanes closed until 7am. Cleanup from earlier fatal accident w/ semi & spilled load. Caltrans inspector confirmed no damage to bridge column. #sylmar #trafficalert pic.twitter.com/KRoO15MwPb
— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) July 18, 2019
As of 7:07 a.m. Thursday morning, traffic was still significantly backed up on both the southbound 5 and 14 Freeways, according to traffic officials.
The condition of the critical patient was unknown as of Wednesday morning.
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