One person is dead and another severely injured after a horrific crash along the 5 Freeway north of the 210 Freeway near Sylmar late Wednesday night, July 17th.
KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles reported on an accident on the 5 Freeway when a semi-tractor trailer rig struck the reinforced concrete bridge support in the truck bypass lane. Authorities estimate that the accident happened at approximately 11:45 p.m.
The inertia from the collision caused the load of grapes that the truck was hauling to shift forward and trap the two people who were inside the cab of the truck. The force of impact also loosened concrete from the support pillar and spilled grapes onto the freeway.
Emergency crews from the Los Angeles Fire Department responded at the site of the accident and worked to extricate the two people trapped inside. One person was pronounced dead at the scene while the second person was rushed to an area hospital for treatment. They were listed as being in critical condition. Authorities have not released further information as to the identities of the crash victims.
Officials closed down several southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway during rush hour for and for most of the morning to investigate the crash and to clean up debris from the roadway. It was approximately 2:00 p.m. on Thursday before all lanes were finally reopened.
The fatal crash is still currently under investigation.