Fiery I-5 Accident Leaves 1 Dead, 10 Injured
A fatal multi-vehicle accident on the I-5 near Griffith Park shut down the freeway in both directions on April 25.
The accident resulted in one fatality with 10 others injured, including one 27-year-old woman who was critically injured.
The accident occurred just north of the Colorado Street exit in Los Angeles around 11 am. According to the CHP, a box truck driving north on the freeway lost control and went over the divider, triggering a chain-reaction collision on the southbound side of the freeway.
The accident ignited an explosion with thick, black smoke visible for miles, KTLA 5 reported.
At least eight vehicles were involved in the collision, including three passenger cars, a passenger van, a truck, and three commercial vehicles. Several vehicles were on fire when first responders arrived. 75 firefighters from Glendale, Los Angeles, and Burbank responded to the scene to extinguish the fire.
At least one vehicle involved in the accident spilled oil on the freeway that required a hazardous material response team.
One victim was pronounced dead at the scene with 10 other victims treated for injuries. The fatality was an adult male and the critically injured victim is a 27-year-old female. The age range of the victims is 22 to 71 years old. A pet dog was also killed in the accident. It’s still unknown which vehicle the male victim was in.
All southbound lanes of the I-5 were shut down for about eight hours and all but two northbound lanes were shut down for most of the day.