Shorty after 6 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27, one person was killed in a semi crash on the southbound 5 Freeway through the Grapevine pass. The collision involved two big rigs, both of which ignited into flames in the impact. All southbound lanes were closed for about an hour while authorities investigated the accident.
“Due to the size and weight of semi trucks, collisions involving them have a greater potential to result in serious or fatal harm,” explained California truck accident attorney James Ballidis.
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 4,721 people in Kern County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Large trucks were involved in 16 of the fatal and 206 of the injury collisions that occurred in the county that year, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Kern County ranked 41st out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in an OTS ranking system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the person who was killed in the semi crash on the 5 Freeway.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Grapevine collision.
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