A collision between two big rigs closed down five lanes of the northbound 55 Freeway, ensnaring traffic for over an hour on Thursday morning in Santa Ana, report news sources.
According to the California Highway Patrol, shortly before 7:40 a.m. a big rig traveling in the No. 4 lane of the northbound 55 Freeway at East Edinger Avenue veered to the right and struck the left side of a semi traveling in the No. 5 lane at 45-50 mph. The semi in the No. 5 lane veered to the left, colliding with a pickup in the No. 2 lane. The fuel tank of the semi ruptured, spilling 8 to 10 gallons of diesel fuel on the roadway.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to the crash site, but no injuries were reported. The fuel spill was contained, said a CHP officer.
A SigAlert was issued and northbound 55 Freeway traffic was squeezed into one lane. The notice was cancelled by 9:20 a.m.
I am relieved that no one was injured in the accident. As a Newport Beach car accident attorney, I am moved to remind motorists that traffic conditions can change in an instant. Be sure to stay alert when behind the wheel.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a traffic accident, contact a car accident lawyer to learn what options are available to help you get back on your feet.