9 Injured When Big Rig Crashes Through 5 Fwy Divider

The big rig was northbound near the Camino De Estrella exit when it crashed through the center divider

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Thursday, Oct 24, 2013  |  Updated 8:22 PM PDT
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Lanes on the 5 Freeway in Dana Point were reopened hours after a big rig smashed through a center divider near Camino De Estrella. In all, nine people were hurt in the seven-car wreck. Vikki Vargas reports from San Juan Capistrano for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2013.

Vikki Vargas

Lanes on the 5 Freeway in Dana Point were reopened hours after a big rig smashed through a center divider near Camino De Estrella. In all, nine people were hurt in the seven-car wreck. Vikki Vargas reports from San Juan Capistrano for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2013.

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A big rig crash that sent seven people to a hospital shut down a Southern California freeway for hours Thursday.

Nine people, including a father traveling with his two young children, were injured when a big rig smashed through a center divider on the Golden State (5) Freeway near Dana Point and collided with several vehicles.

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Details regarding injuries were not immediately available, but one victim was extricated from a vehicle. No one was killed.

Seven vehicles were involved in the crash, which occurred when the big rig was traveling north near the Camino De Estrella exit (map). The truck crashed through the center divider and onto the southbound side of the freeway.

The crash was reported at about noon and led to major backups on both sides of the 5 Freeway in southern Orange County. All lanes were reopened shortly after 4 p.m. 

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