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UPDATE: CHP: Drowsy driver injured in big rig crash

Posted: March 12, 2014 9:06 a.m.
Updated: March 12, 2014 12:31 p.m.

A 52-year-old truck driver who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his big rig crashed into a metal guard rail and into a concrete support directly under the Lower Cross overpass, according to the California Highway Patrol.

About 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, a truck driver travelling northbound on Interstate 5 in the “Number 3” lane, approaching the Lower Cross, north of Lake Hughes Road, apparently fell asleep, CHP Investigator D. Wilson said in a news release issued this morning.

The truck driver, identified as Carmen G. Ramirez, of San Bernardino, suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

“The Truck Tractor drifted off the east edge of the roadway and struck the metal guard rail and concrete support column directly under the Lower Cross,” Wilson wrote in his report.

The big rig which is intended to haul milk and was initially reported as an empty came to rest, blocking three lanes from the fast lane to the Number 3 lane, according to the CHP.

“The driver sustained minor to moderate injuries and was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital,” Wilson wrote in his report.

All northbound lanes of the highway were closed for about 45 minutes to facilitate containment of spilled diesel.  

Once the diesel was contained the center divider was opened to traffic, Wilson said.  All lanes had been reopened by 10 a.m.

This collision was under investigation.
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