Firefighters had to remove a 57-year-old woman trapped inside her car after the vehicle collided with two big rigs Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
Patricia L. Socha of Henderson, NV, was extricated from her 2014 BMW following a multi-vehicle crash, which occurred around 2:12 p.m. on Pearblossom Highway at Sierra Highway, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
One of the big rigs failed to stop for a red light, which triggered the collision, CHP officials said, citing witness statements.
Emilio Augustin, 59, of Hacienda Heights, was driving a 1995 Kenworth Truck at around 45-55 miles per hour when he entered the intersection on a red light, the CHP report states.
“As Augustin entered the intersection, Augustin swerved… to avoid colliding with a pickup truck that was making a left turn from Sierra Highway to eastbound Pearblossom Highway. Due to this evasive action, Augustin lost control of his truck,” the CHP report states.
“Augustin then collided with Socha who was stopped in her BMW in the #1 lane of [Pearblossom Highway] waiting for the red light to turn green. The impact pushed the BMW into [Alex Viva, 60, of Lancaster] who was driving his 1999 Freightliner and was also stopped on [Pearblossom Highway] in the #2 lane,” the CHP report states.
Firefighters worked for about 25 minutes to extricate Socha from her vehicle, according to Battalion Chief Wes Anzai. She was transported to the hospital with pain to her lower back, minor lacerations and bruises, according to the CHP report.
The two big rig drivers, Augustine and Viva, were treated at the scene and released, the CHP report states.
Both lanes of Pearblossom Highway were closed for approximately two hours due to the collision. The eastbound lanes were re-opened at around 4:20 p.m.; and westbound lanes remained closed until around 7:15 p.m. due to diesel spill cleanup, CHP officials said.
Updated: A California Highway Patrol report apparently listed incorrect directions of travel for some of the vehicles. The story has been revised to reflect the accurate information.