With so many vehicles on the road at the same time, there is no way of putting an end to the many accidents that occur in California every day of the week. According to the California Highway Patrol, a multi-vehicle accident during the early morning commuting hours on the 60 Freeway closed down three of the five lanes for an extended period of time. It was not until 12:30 p.m. that all five westbound lanes were once again open to traffic. The accident occurred at approximately 5:40 a.m. and involved three trucks as well as eight other vehicles.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department said that a 5-year-old girl was killed in the accident. Additionally, more than 12 others were injured, five critically. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters had to put out two vehicle fires.
In addition to helping the injured parties, cleanup efforts were a challenge due to roughly 100 gallons of diesel fuel that made its way onto the roadway due to an overturned truck. At this time, there are no additional details on who caused the accident or the condition of those who were injured.
A single vehicle accident has the chance to cause serious injury or death. This is magnified in the event of a multi-vehicle crash, as more people are likely to be involved.
In the event that a person is injured or a loved one is killed in such an accident, the future can remain cloudy indefinitely. At some point, the victim or victims must learn more about their legal options, including if they can file a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "60 Freeway fully reopens after fatal multi-vehicle crash" Veronica Rocha, Aug. 14, 2014