ACTON — Five people were injured Tuesday in a crash involving a car, a camper and an overturned tanker truck carrying 2,600 gallons of propane on the southbound Antelope Valley Freeway near Crown Valley Road.
The collision was reported about 9:12 a.m. and forced the closure of all southbound lanes. A hazardous materials team was called to assist with the possibly leaking propane tank, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
By 10 a.m. all five people were extricated from the vehicles. All five were transported to local trauma centers. Three people were in the camper, or motor home, including a mother and a child, who were transported via helicopter.
The third occupant of the camper, the driver of the car and the trucker were transported via ground units.
Four of the patients met the county Fire Department’s trauma center criteria, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department.
“I got word from personnel on the ground that they did not necessarily believe they were life-threatening (injuries). However, they meet trauma center criteria, which means just because they look good right now, a doctor could go ahead and give them a scan and find out they’re bleeding inside,” fire specialist Brian Stevens with the L.A. County Fire Department said.
The tanker had a slow leak, prompting fire crews to establish a 500-foot perimeter around the scene. Some businesses were also evacuated, though it was not clear how many people were affected.
The propane leak was later described as “static,” according to the fire department.
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District did not close any schools, on the advice of the CHP. However, some parents did pick up their children, a district official said.
All main lanes remained shut down as of 2:45 p.m. Southbound traffic was allowed to the center divider.
“We’ve got a propane truck, and we have to take all safety precautionary measures to make sure it’s uprighted correctly and no one else gets hurt,” CHP Officer Gil Hernandez said Tuesday.
The big rig was uprighted by 3:06 p.m, according to the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information page. All lanes were open by 4 p.m., the southbound freeway was still backed up from Palmdale Boulevard to Avenue P at 5 p.m.
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