Monday, June 30, 2014

Car Crashes Into Construction Zone

Construction crews nimbly removed fallen steel and wood beams on I-5.
After 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, a Dodge Magnum traveling on northbound I-5 crashed into bridge falsework at the northbound Interstate 5/Interstate 710 interchange in East Los Angeles.  The falsework was in place for the widening of the Olympic Boulevard overcrossing above the interchange as part of the I-710 Pavement Rehabilitation project.

Of the occupants of the vehicle one is dead and the other has moderate injuries.  The Los Angeles County Fire Department had to use urban search and rescue heavy equipment to remove the vehicle and occupants.  Several wood beams and other metal components of the falsework were severely damaged.

Northbound I-5 was closed at Atlantic Boulevard which forced thousands of vehicles onto local streets.

The contractor, Shimmick working in coordination with Structure Construction and District 7’s Maintenance, Operations, and Construction Divisions secured the falsework and tons of fallen steel and wood beams, and debris.

I-5 was opened to all traffic at 7:40 p.m. after the freeway was closed for nearly 14 hours.

*This is only a summary of the event(s) of the day.  The CHP and LACoFD should be contacted for the cause of the accident, condition of patients, and other accident related information.  Caltrans only handles the maintenance, operation, construction, and stewardship of the state's freeway and highway system.