A fatal crash involving two big rigs shut down I-15 in both directions on Wednesday, causing major delays. The crash occurred around 3:51 a.m., 20 miles south of Mountain Pass. One of the semis was carrying 55-gallon drums of chlorine, many of which began leaking after the crash. The strong chlorine smell made it difficult to breathe, according to first responders, and a Sig Alert was issued.
Authorities say one person was killed and two other suffered injuries in the crash. HazMat crews arrived and confirmed the substance was chlorine and that there was no threat to the public. Southbound I-15 was reopened at 7:44 a.m., but northbound lanes were closed until 11 a.m. Traffic was backed up for miles during the closure.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) is still investigating the fatal crash.
“Sadly, tractor trailers and commercial trucks account for 500,000 vehicle accidents per year, according to the Department of Transportation, and 10% of those end in a fatality,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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