I-15 Truck Accident Leaves 4 Injured
On Saturday afternoon in Escondido, California, a freightliner tanker truck crashed into numerous vehicles on Interstate 15, causing four people to suffer serious injuries. The accident unfolded on the southbound side of I-15 around 1 p.m. in the afternoon.
California Highway Patrol officers stated that the accident happened close to the Via Rancho Parkway exit. The 47-year-old driver of a freightliner tanker truck was attempting to stop his vehicle once he noticed that traffic was congested near the exit. He was unable to successfully stop in time, and rear-ended a Chevrolet Malibu.
The driver of the Chevrolet Malibu then slammed into a Pontiac G6, which in turn struck a Toyota Solara. In total, three motor vehicles and one tanker truck were involved in the interstate collision. As a result of crashing into the Malibu, the tanker truck caught on fire. The driver of the Malibu was trapped inside the vehicle, and had to be removed by the Escondido Fire Department. The driver was then taken to a nearby hospital, and was said to have sustained serious injuries.
Three individuals inside the Pontiac were also hurt in the multiple-vehicle accident, including a one-year-old baby. They were taken to Palomar Hospital to be treated for their injuries. No other injuries were reported in the incident. A significant part of the interstate was closed for several hours after the accident in order for authorities to investigate the crash.