Crash on 60 Freeway Caused When Big Rig Strikes Caltrans Truck

Posted by Melanie C. Johnson (Editor) , September 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Diamond Bar – The crash, which happened at 10 a.m., has caused a backup on the 57 Freeway as well.

A collision between a big rig and a truck parked on the shoulder of the 60 freeway Wednesday injured nine and snarled traffic for hours.

A man was driving a tractor-trailer truck on the eastbound 60 freeway just east of Grand Avenue in the No. 6 lane at around 10 a.m. when he veered to the right and struck a Caltrans truck and a van that were parked on the right shoulder, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez.

Two Caltrans employees and two court ordered freeway cleanup crew members were standing to the right of the van and four other court-order workers were inside when the driver of the truck veered off the road and hit the rear of the Caltrans truck.

The truck lurched forward and hit the van, Jimenez said.

A fourth vehicle, a pickup truck, was hit by debris from the collision as it passed by the scene, he said.

While the Highway Patrol investigated the crash, the Los Angeles County Fire Department cared for those involved. The truck driver had to be extricated from the truck and was transported by helicopter to the USC Medical hospital with moderate to major injuries, Jimenez said.

Six others were treated for minor to moderate injuries and taken by ambulance to the San Dimas Community Hospital, the Pomona Valley Hospital, and Western Medical Hospitals.

A Sig Alert remains in place while debris is cleaned up. Two eastbound lanes remained closed this afternoon. The CHP estimated they would reopen about 9 p.m., City News Service reported.

He was flown by helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center with “moderate to major” injuries,” Jimenez said.

The six freeway cleanup crew members and two Caltrans employees were treated for “minor to moderate” injuries, he added. One of the Caltrans employees was unhurt.

All of those at the scene were described as men.

Initial CHP reports from the scene indicated the big rig was smoking and leaking fuel.

Firefighters kept hose lines in place in case of fire as they worked to free the pinned driver, Mora explained. He said that is normal procedure whenever dealing with a person trapped inside a vehicle.

Even after the patients had been hospitalized and the vehicles cleared from the road, officials then had to clean up 100 to 200 gallons of diesel fuel that had leaked from one of the vehicles tanks, according to fire officials and CHP logs.

Officials closed the four right-hand freeway lanes, which remained shut down for more than three hours during the rescue efforts, investigation and cleanup.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

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