BURBANK, CA – A truck accident left one person dead and shut down a major California freeway for several hours Friday morning on March 26. The truck accident happened on the Golden Gate Freeway as it passes through Burbank, in the north metro region of Los Angeles. The accident area is in the far west section of the state near the Pacific Ocean, 372 miles southeast of San Francisco and 130 miles northwest of San Diego, CA.
At around 4:00 a.m. a semi trailer truck was traveling in the southbound lanes of the Golden Gate Freeway. The 18 wheeler truck was disabled and the rig stalled on the freeway near the Buena Vista Street exit. There is no information on why the semi truck was disabled.
A few minutes later a white sedan traveling south on the freeway reached the stalled trailer truck and failed to maneuver around the disabled rig. The car rear ended the semi truck at full speed. The impact of the truck accident pushed the car under the back trailer of the 18 wheeler, wedging the smaller vehicle under the trailer and completely demolishing the car.
California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles emergency personnel responded to the scene of the deadly truck accident. The driver of the car suffered fatal injuries in the rear end collision and was pronounced dead at the scene. It would take about three hours to remove the victim from the destroyed sedan. The driver of the semi truck was not injured.
Authorities shut down the freeway lanes around the collision scene so that workers could pull the crushed car out from under the tractor trailer truck. The highway was closed from Hollywood Way to the Buena Vista St. Exit ramp, stranding some motorists who were in the area at the time of the truck accident.
The truck accident created a major hassle for the Friday morning commute, as the Golden Gate Freeway is one of the busiest traffic arteries in the LA metropolitan region. All southbound lanes were closed and motorists were diverted off the highway.
The freeway was finally opened at about 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.
At this time authorities do not know what caused the truck accident. Some witnesses claim the white sedan was racing with another car, but that theory has not been proved at this time. CHP has impounded both the semi trailer truck and the wreckage of the white sedan and will perform mechanical inspections on both vehicles.
It is not known if an autopsy will be performed on the driver of the sedan, to determine if there were medical problems or other factors that may have contributed to the truck accident.
No charges have been made at this time and the truck accident remains under investigation.
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