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Big rig overturns on I-15 in Victorville
Freeway closed 9 hours; two other crashes reported
VICTORVILLE • An overturned big rig forced California Highway Patrol officials to close all southbound lanes of Interstate 15 at Bear Valley Road for roughly 9 hours Tuesday, and two more crashes were reported on the I-15 later in the morning.
Just before midnight Monday, passersby reported a semi tractor pulling double trailers had overturned, blocking all southbound lanes, according to the CHP website.
According to CHP Officer Bryon Robinson, the semi-truck was traveling southbound when it came upon a slower-moving diesel.
“The driver thought he was going to impact the rear of the truck, so he veered left and lost control,” Robinson said. “That’s when it overturned.”
Robinson said it was a slow process for officials to right the vehicle and clear a large amount of debris, but no one was injured at the scene. The roof of one of the trailers was torn in the incident, causing nearly 33,000 pounds of plastic trash bags to spill out into the roadway, according to the CHP. The accident also caused damage to a post and guardrail along the freeway, officials reported.
Just a little before the freeway was given the all-clear to reopen around 9 a.m., another incident occurred Tuesday morning near Roy Rogers Drive involving another semi-truck and a minivan, according to the CHP website.
After the two vehicles collided in the southbound lanes at 8:54 a.m., there were reports of visible flames coming from beneath the van. The CHP website said also noted that the van driver’s leg was trapped.
Scanner traffic indicated that the driver of the van was airlifted to a local trauma center after a helicopter landed at Hook Park. An occupant of the semi-truck was transported by ambulance a little after 10 a.m. according to the CHP website.
A minor collision involving a semi-truck and a sedan was reported at 8:44 a.m. on I-15 at Palmdale Road. No injuries were reported.
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