California Tunnel Crash
ABC reported an accident took place in a tunnel in California that involved an estimated 15 big rigs and possibly one or more passenger cars. The pileup sent people fleeing for their lives from the flaming tunnel after at least five of the trucks burst into flames, and the fire spread to the others. They reported the accident took place in the southbound truck tunnel of Interstate 5, and began about 11 p.m. Friday when two big rigs collided on the rain-slickened highway about 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. As crashes continued throughout the tunnel, which is about an eighth of a mile long, five tractor-trailers burst into flames, and the fire quickly spread. According to the Press-Enterprise, Investigators determined that 28 commercial vehicles and one passenger vehicle were involved in the crash that killed two men and a child, and injured at least 10 people. They reported that officials hope to reopen the southbound lanes of the closed freeway by Tuesday morning, but they have been hampered by concern about how many repairs will have to be made for the tunnel to be safe.