Shortly after 7:00 a.m. on Friday June 14th, a discount-store truck driver wasn’t able to come to a stop before crashing into a propane gas tanker that was stopped in front of him in stationary traffic. The tanker then, in turn, was pushed into the back of a flatbed truck as well as two additional trucks that were waiting in line at the entrance to a commercial weigh station near San Onofre, California.
The five-truck pileup occurred at the peak of the morning rush hour near Camp Pendleton and blocked the southbound lanes for miles on Interstate 5, littering the freeway with debris and a fuel spill. The highly traveled stretch of the interstate virtually became a parking lot for commuters. The blockage lasted until approximately 8:30 a.m., and then only one lane was back in business. Vehicles were detoured around the scene of the truck accident, and by around 11:30 a.m. all of the southbound lanes were reopened; however, traffic was much heavier than usual for much of the afternoon.
Although one of the truck drivers, whose vehicle was struck by the tanker truck, received a head wound and was transported to Mission Hospital, the others only required evaluation at the scene for painful symptoms following the accident.
The California freeways in and around LA can turn into a parking lot in a matter of seconds and can often be packed with commercial trucks. Trucks cannot stop on a dime and anyone could find themselves in their way at any given time, especially during peak commuting hours on weekdays. If you live in Southern California and have been injured in a motor vehicle or truck accident, or have lost a loved one as a result, you could benefit from assistance in getting fair compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of work or final expenses where applicable, and repairs to your vehicle.
Source: CBS 8, “,” June 14, 2013