One person is injured after a fiery crash involving a commercial truck on the Santa Ana Freeway in Anaheim within the first hour of Friday, September 13th.
The Orange County Register reports that the crash happened at approximately 12:45 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway near Lincoln Avenue. The 18-wheeler was hauling produce at the time of the accident.
The big rig crashed, causing produce to spill onto the pavement of the freeway and the cab to catch on fire. Some Good Samaritans who were also on the roadway helped to get the driver was trapped in the cab out and away from the burning truck.
According to Sgt. Janelle Bautista t with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in a statement to reporters at the scene, the truck driver’s rescuers, “… put themselves at great risk of harm by attempting to retrieve the driver from the tractor.” The driver of the big rig was rushed to an area hospital for treatment. He is listed in serious condition. Authorities have not yet released his identity or the company that he was working for.
A SigAlert was issued for at least two hours following the accident. The carpool lane was reopened at approximately 3:00 a.m. with additional lanes beginning to re-open at around 6:00 a.m. in time to accommodate Friday morning commuters.
So far, investigators with the CHP do not know what caused the fiery crash. The accident is still currently under investigation.