Big Rig Rollovers Close 2 SB I-5 Ramps - NBC 7 San Diego

Big Rig Rollovers Close 2 SB I-5 Ramps

Separate crashes occurred minutes and miles apart



    Two tractor trailers tipped within the same hour and both were carrying solar panels. NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013)

    As commuters were coping with a tractor trailer overturned on a highway ramp in the North County, another big rig crashed, closing access to a second highway.

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    The southbound ramp from Interstate 5 to eastbound State Route 78 was closed due to an overturned big rig early Wednesday.

    Then, approximately an hour later, California Highway Patrol officers responded to the report of an 18-wheeler tipped over on its side on the southbound ramp from I-5 to eastbound State Route 76 just a few miles down the road.

    At SR-78, tow trucks were working for more than 30 minutes to right the truck that had tipped over on its side. The driver had moderate injuries to one of his arms and was lifeflighted to Scripps La Jolla.

    Officials weren’t sure what caused the crash. The shutdown for the onramp to SR-78 was expected to last several hours.

    The details on the big rig wreck at the SR-76 onramp were unknown. An ambulance was called to the scene. Check back for updates on this developing story.