Big Rig Overturns, Burns, on Redlands Freeway

The crash was reported about 2:45 a.m. on the eastbound Interstate 10, near University Street, according to the CHP.

A big rig crashed into a stalled car and overturned early Sunday, the car and the rig's trailer catching fire and causing a hazardous materials mess on the Interstate 10 in Redlands, the CHP reported.

The crash involving a Mitsubishi sedan that ran out of gas and the big rig was reported about 2:45 a.m. on the eastbound I-10, near University Street, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The woman in the sedan was stuck in the car for a time because the door was jammed, the CHP reported.

The rig's cab remained intact but its trailer caught fire, according to the CHP.

The sedan also caught fire but by then the woman had gotten out of the car.

According to authorities, the loaded trailer weighed 80,000 pounds and its contents needed unloading before it could be righted.

One of the vehicles leaked fuel onto the road and the gas also caught fire, the CHP reported.

At least 15 gallons of engine oil spilled into the drains as well, according to authorities.

By 7 a.m., only one eastbound lane had been opened, the far left lane; the closure extended to the Eureka Street entrance ramp to the eastbound I-10 and 200 feet just west of the ramp, the CHP reported.

Vince February 11, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Well now....Hit by a 40 ton plus rig, and able to walk away from it? Time to buy a few Lotto Tickets for this lady...Talk about stumbling into a septic tank, and comin' out with a dang Rolex in each hand!!


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