Shortly before 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, a man was killed in a crash involving a box truck and a tanker truck near Gorman, reported The Santa Clarita Valley Signal. The collision occurred on Interstate 5, just south of Highway 138. Jeff Zimmerman, a freelance photographer, indicated that the tanker truck, which was fully-loaded with jet fuel at the time, ‘careened into the back of a box car semi-truck parked on the right shoulder’ of the freeway. Emergency responders extricated the driver of the box truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tanker truck was not hurt. The Fire Department’s Hazardous Material Unit was called to the scene to clean up 40 gallons of diesel fuel and some oil that spilled from one of the trucks. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
The California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System indicates that, across Los Angeles, 542 people were killed and 72,056 were injured in traffic accidents in 2011, the most recent year for which crash statistics are available. Large trucks were involved in 47 of the fatal and 1,607 of the injury collisions that occurred in the county that year. Statewide, crashes involving large trucks claimed 245 lives and injured 5,155 others.
After a fatal accident, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver in order to hold him or her liable for their loss. For more information on the wrongful death claims process, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the crash.
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