Last month, Los Angeles commuters had to sit through gruesome traffic after a fatal car accident on 5 Freeway.
A portion of 5 and 710 freeways were closed after a Dodge Magnum crashed into temporary bridge supports that are in place while the overpass to 710 Freeway is being widened, according to LA Times.
Steel and wood I-beams fell onto the car and surrounding highway, according to a Caltrans spokesperson, the state agency responsible for highway, bridge, and rail transportation. The I-beams weigh two tons each and special machinery had to be brought in to clean up the fallen beams.
The driver was killed in the accident. A passenger survived with moderate injuries.
The overpass was almost complete so the crash didn’t conflict with construction — the beams were scheduled to be taken down shortly. Caltran’s main concern was that the beams were secure again so they wouldn’t fall onto oncoming traffic.
To ensure the clean up was taken care of properly, sections of the freeways were closed for approximately 16 hours.
LA traffic is already a horror, but this accident wreaked havoc. There were already several miles of traffic backed up on 5 Freeway northward bound, which spider-webbed out onto additional freeways. There were reports of additional accidents happening due to the traffic jam as well.
In 2012, 243 people were killed from a car accident on a California freeway, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than 2600 people total were killed from car accidents alone in California last year.
Nobody expects to get into a car accident, and it can quickly be devastating for you, your family, and the Los Angeles community.
If you ever get in a car accident in the Los Angeles area, be sure to contact a skilled lawyer. A car accident lawyer at Drake Law Group will guide you through the legal process and help you get back what you lost from an accident.