The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that California roadways had the second highest number of accidents involving large, over the road trucks in the United States. Our state is only second behind the state of Texas in the number of big rig accidents which involve fatalities.
In a story reported on the CBS Local in Los Angeles’ website, one such big rig crash happened on northbound the 5 Freeway, could have been much worse than it was considering how busy the highway normally is. Fortunately for the motorists caught in the traffic snarl, no fatalities were involved.
The accident happened in Castaic, just north of Parker Road. Reports indicate the accident happened at about 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday and was across all lanes of traffic. It caused a backup of 4 miles on one of the busiest freeways in Southern California.
There were minor injuries involved in the accident and it took several hours before the accident site could be completely cleared from the freeway. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) re-routed traffic around the crash at Parker Road. The rig was righted and the roadway reopened at around 2:00 a.m. on Thursday.
The number of injuries and the extent were not immediately released by authorities.
The accident is still currently under investigation.