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Truck overturns on California highway

On April 13, a tractor-trailer lost control on Interstate 5 in Castaic, causing it to overturn, crash into a pole and become entangled in power lines. The accident happened at approximately 11:12 p.m. near the Parker Road exit, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP said it was not clear what caused the crash to occur, but the big rig knocked down a power pole and around 200 feet of a chain link fence alongside the highway. It also said that fuel was leaking from the vehicle for a period of time. The truck driver was taken to a local hospital with undisclosed injuries. Other vehicles were involved in the collision, but it was not known if anyone else was injured.

A video of the crash scene showed power lines wrapped around the semi and laying across the roadway. Authorities reopened the southbound lanes of the freeway at 12:24 a.m. and the northbound lanes at 3:30 a.m. Southern California Edison crews worked on the power lines until approximately 6 a.m.

Truck accidents can result in serious and sometimes fatal injuries to occupants of other vehicles who are involved in a collision. Many such accidents are caused by drivers who are impaired, distracted or drowsy, while others can be the result of improper truck maintenance or pressure on drivers by their employers to stay on the road. An attorney who is representing an injured victim can review the official accident investigation report and the trucking company's logs in order to determine the party or parties that should bear financial responsibility.

Source: KTLA, "Big Rig Rolls Over on 5 Freeway in Castaic, Gets Tangled in Power Lines," Anthony Kurzweil and Chris Burrous, April 14, 2016

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