Propane Tanker Causes Chain-Reaction Crash On Freeway 14

Propane Tanker Chain-Reaction Crash Freeway 14

Acton, CA (April 9, 2019) - A crash involving a propane tanker and two other vehicles shut down Freeway 14 near Acton for several hours Tuesday morning.  Hurt in the crash were five people, including a pregnant woman.

The accident occurred when a propane tanker slammed into the back of a sedan, forcing it into a parked RV.  The sedan was crushed.

“They were very fortunate to have survived,” reported the CHP. The driver of the car and a 12-year-old girl in the RV were both airlifted to trauma centers, while the others were transported to an area hospital.

Haz-mat officials arrived to control propane leaking from the overturned tanker, closing all southbound lanes until 10 a.m.  Concerns of a possible gas explosion forced surrounding businesses to evacuate for much of the day.

The RV had mechanical problems, with witnesses reporting they had seen the RV parked there since early morning.  Authorities say it’s unclear whether the RV and the car were completely off the freeway or partially still on the freeway at the time of the accident.

Propane from the tanker was transferred to another to lighten the load so the tanker could be uprighted and towed away.  All lanes of Hwy 14 were open at by 5:30.

It is unknown what charges the truck driver will face.  A police report will be available in 10 days.

Source: CBS Los Angeles

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