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5 Freeway reopened after tanker-car crash in Valencia

All lanes of the southbound 5 Freeway were reopened Monday in Valencia after an overturned tanker forced the CHP to close some lanes.

The tanker, which was carrying butane gas, overturned after colliding with a Toyota Prius at about 3:03 a.m. near the McBean Parkway exit.

The two right lanes remained closed at about 8:15 a.m., but were soon reopened, said Officer Ed Jacobs of the California Highway Patrol.

Both drivers suffered minor injuries, officials said.


Southbound 5 Freeway closed by tanker-car collision

-- Stephen Ceasar

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A study first publicized by AAA Michigan in 1999 and referred to in 24 July 2002 CanadianDriver revealed that car drivers contribute more to car-truck crashes than do the actions of the truck driver.

All I know, is that whenever there's a major accident usually there's a big truck involved. They drive too fast, are often in unauthorized lanes (they are supposed to only be in the first or second lane), and they often cut you off because they know that in a game of chicken you will lose every time, not them. Thank G-d that the Prius driver had only minor injuries. I was imagining the worst.

On that stretch of freeway the trucks are typically the only ones who keep up speed. The left lanes generally crawl up the hill because apparently people forget that when climbing a grade, you have to depress the accelerator slightly more. They need signs on this part of the road telling people is OK to do the speed limit when going up AND down hill. Get off the brakes and drive people!!!

I-5, near my residence, is the biggest artery maybe in the whole U.S. We have no relief even when we think an extra lane helps, because it doesn't match the constant flow up the state of California into Oregon and Washington. I wait patiently for patients to get to our office and sometimes they sit in unreasonable traffic because one person screws up. When its a truck and there is a massive number of freight, we kiss the day goodbye. The fatalities are commonplace and like the poster said before me, it is usually a car vs truck. Someone cutting in front of a semi impulsively and they collide and jacknife the truck. Its so horrible and there is no solution except a better transport system.

It would sure be nice to know exactly how this acciedent happened. That way we wouldn't have to deal with such speculators as Michelle and SRC.


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