A second big rig accident in as many days involving three of the 18-wheeled vehicles shut down lanes of the 134 Freeway early Friday morning in Pasadena.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash took place just after 3 a.m. in the eastbound lanes at the westbound 210 connector, where two big rigs jackknifed on the road, and a third crashed up an embankment along the side of the road to avoid a collision with the others.
The two ensnarled trucks blocked all lanes, preventing passage to more than 20 other semi-trucks looking to make their way through the area. Police shut down all lanes to begin the process of clearing away the accident, and diverted traffic to the northbound 2 Freeway, which then meets up with the 210 West. Motorists were also rerouted onto the 134 East at Orange Grove, then onto Lincoln heading northeast back to the 210.
After more than three hours, the big rigs were finally dragged away from the highway, though the remaining diesel spill required hazmat crews for additional cleanup. By 8 a.m., the spill was finally cleared away, and lanes were reopened, though significant backups are expected throughout the morning traffic commute.
The crash comes one day after another, solo big rig accident along the 5 Freeway in Glendale that shut down both lanes as the large vehicle lost control and smashed through the center divider, sending debris across all lanes, damaging as many as 20 cars.
As the rains have started to fall in Southern California, big rig and automobile drivers alike are having a difficult time keeping their vehicles pointed in the correct direction on the highway. In wet weather conditions, it becomes even more important to remain entirely focused on the task of driving and to take things slowly and more gradually, lest and accident like this occurs.
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