Big rig overturns, scatters debris across the freeway

LANCASTER – The westbound Avenue H on-ramp to the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway was closed for more than four hours Wednesday, after a big rig overturned and scattered building materials across the roadway.

The incident happened around 1:50 p.m., according to a California Highway Patrol report.

The driver, 54-year-old Oscar Rico, was traveling about 30 mph in a tractor trailer hauling 72,000 pounds of building material, according to the CHP report.

Due to the vehicle’s speed, it was unable to negotiate the curved on-ramp and overturned, the report states.

The vehicle came to rest on its left side, blocking the on-ramp. Materials from the trailer spilled onto the on-ramp and into the No. 2 lane of the freeway.

Caltrans and the County Fire Department responded for cleanup.

Approximately 28 gallons of combined diesel and hydraulic fluid was spilled and contained on the asphalt roadway, according to the CHP report.

The westbound Avenue H on-ramp to the 14 Freeway was closed along the No. 2 lane until about 6 p.m. to facilitate cleanup.

The driver walked away from the collision with just minor injuries. There were no other reported injuries, and no arrests were made.

  5 comments for “Big rig overturns, scatters debris across the freeway

  1. Quigley
    June 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Hopefully he walked away with a huge citation for driving like an idiot!

    • T-Bone
      June 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Yes because 30mph is driving like such an Idiot, right! You sound like someone who drives in the fast lane at the exact speed limit just to slow everyone down! Come On! Loads Shift sometimes…

      • Quigley
        June 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm

        Read the article again,Bone Head….

        • T-Bone
          June 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm

          Yes, but just because they say it doesn’t mean that is why he roll, Numb Nuts! They say that about 90% of accidents! You’re the Bone Head for believing everything you read!

          • Quigley
            June 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm

            Sooo enlightening!!

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