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Update: One Loses Leg in 5 Freeway Big Rig Collision

Gorman, CA – New details have emerged regarding the collision between two big rig trucks the morning of Wednesday, January 10, 2024, on the 5 Freeway near the Grapevine, including the fact that one of those involved lost their leg in the accident, according to KABC.

Reports of the crash near Smoke Bear Road, south of Gorman, began before just 7 AM.  Emergency responders, including a rescue helicopter, were swiftly dispatched to the scene to address the critical situation. 

Video footage from AIR7 HD revealed that one of the big rig trucks collided with the back of the other near the right shoulder. The force of the impact caused the crumpling of the first vehicle’s trailer, spilling its payload onto the ground. The cab of the second big rig bore the brunt of the crash and was towed away after sustaining significant damage.

Firefighters worked diligently to rescue one individual trapped in the wreckage, who had lost a leg in the crash. The victim was subsequently transported to a hospital for medical attention, and fortunately, no other injuries were reported.

As the California Highway Patrol conducted a preliminary investigation, southbound traffic experienced substantial delays. The lanes were eventually reopened Wednesday evening, but the lingering question of the incident’s cause remains unanswered.

When injuries like this come from another driver’s actions or failure to act, victims may be eligible to make a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. The compensation provided from such a claim can help relieve the burden of hospital fees and loss of income during the time it takes a victim to recover from their wounds.

Establishing liability can depend on many factors, and it is always in an insurance company’s interest to resist making a full payout. This is where the services of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can be crucial in making sure that victims receive their full due.

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