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9 Big Rigs Crash on Newhall Pass in California

Last week, traffic in Santa Clarita, California was slow after nine big rigs were involved in two successive accidents in the same area at the Interstate 5 Newhall pass. According to KTLA News, the accident began with a dump truck that was travelling south in a truck lane on the I-5 Highway. The driver lost control of his vehicle at about 2:20 in the morning, and caused a collision with four other cars on the road that the time. The traffic behind the accident began to back up, but sleepy or distracted big rig drivers did not notice the flood of brake lights ahead of them. As a result, another collision involving five big rigs began.

The drivers slammed into each other as they tried to brake before the accident ahead. Emergency crews rushed to the early morning accident and tried to pull one of the big rig drivers from his truck. He was trapped inside the cabin with the entire dashboard resting on the lower half of his body. The trucker lay in agony as he waited for the firemen to make a rescue. Eventually, he was pulled from his car and taken to a hospital where he was treated for moderate and minor injuries. About 400 gallons of diesel fuel spilled out onto the road in the midst of the accident, and a Caltrans crew was summoned to spread sand on the road and absorb the slipper and dangerous liquid. The truck lanes were shut down completely for about 12 hours as the police and other crews worked to clean up the mess.

Police believe that the entire accident was the result of a drizzle which made the road slippery and made the trucks harder to operate. If you have been injured in a trucking accident like this one, you will want a trucking accident attorney on your side to help you work through your accident. You may need to seek compensation from your workplace of from another trucker’s insurance company. A truck accident attorney in California can help you to sort through all the details! Talk to someone at Matiasic & Johnson LLP today!