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UPDATED: Empty motor home rolls over side of I-5

Posted: September 21, 2012 7:19 p.m.
Updated: September 21, 2012 7:19 p.m.

Firefighters examine the wreckage of a 40-foot motor home on the northbound Interstate 5 on Friday. (Rick McClure/For The Signal)

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There were some frantic moments for law enforcement officers Friday when they received word of a motorhome that had left the freeway and plunged 300 feet down a ravine near Gorman, officials confirmed.

About 4:45 p.m., officers of the California Highway Patrol learned of the mishap and notified the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station for help.

Then came the news that there were no occupants in the vehicle, a sheriff’s deputy said.

“There were no persons in the vehicle and all persons were accounted for,” said Inspector Melanie Flores of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The brand new 40-foot motorhome — just 2 days old — was found crumpled at the bottom of a 300 feet ravine off the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 south of Templin Highway and north of the Lower Crossover, CHP officers said.

The motorhome reportedly rolled backwards on a gravel area and went over the side of the embankment.

The driver told firefighters he had just purchased the vehicle, filled it up with fuel and was on the road when he had to pull over for an unknown problem, a firefighter at Station 149 told The Signal.

A hazardous material unit was called in response to about 75 gallons of spilled diesel fuel, he said.



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