July 4th, Independence Day, is known as the day with the most accidents in the entire year within the United States. With this historical day approaching closer and closer, it may seem as if the accidents are also starting to pile up. Just this morning, Tuesday, July 3—one day shy of Independence Day—a truck accident has occurred on the I-5 Southbound freeway near Norwalk.
The accident happened in the middle of the night at 3 a.m. A semi had been driving down the freeway when it hit the center divider of the freeway. Apparently, the truck driver had lost control when another car swerved in front of him. The crash caused the freeway to be backed up for hours since the big rig’s fuel tank had rolled off the truck, fallen into the street below, and lodged into a close by side street on San Antonio Drive. The collision with the center guardrail caused the fuel tank on the truck to be knocked off. The tank had hit a car below the bridge of the freeway.
Thankfully, no fuel had spilled on the freeway and no further damages were done. However, about 40 gallons of fuel spilled onto San Antonio Drive. Also, no one was injured including the driver of the car that was hit by the truck’s cargo.
All three of the freeway lanes were closed down, causing delay and traffic on the freeway for at least two hours. As the lanes were closed down, the accident was investigated and cleanup work was done on the freeway. There was about 200 feet of center guardrail that was damaged. At about 5:45 a.m. this morning, two of the three left lanes were reopened. The final lane was scheduled to be reopened after rush hour was over. Officials were able to get the final lane reopened at 8:30 a.m.
When all three lanes were closed, police officers worked on getting cars to avoid the traffic by getting off the 5 freeway and using Union Street then back onto the interstate 5. Union Street parallels the 5 freeway for a short distance, making it easy for drivers to avoid the hold up and get back to their daily commute. Another roadway that travellers were encouraged to use was the 605 Freeway or Firestone Boulevard.
Luckily, this accident had not caused anyone serious personal injury. When semis are involved in automobile accidents, many of the outcomes turn unfortunate and some even lead to wrongful deaths. Victims of big rig accidents often have a hard time recovering from the trauma and the injuries they have faced. With only traffic and delay as the consequences of this accident, drivers are lucky to not have been involved in the crash.
While this incident ended in the best possible case scenario, others are not as fortunate. If you have been the victim of personal injury, do not hesitate to contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney today.