Big Rig Nearly Falls Off Newhall Pass Transition Ramp

SANTA CLARITA (AP) — A big rig carrying a load of bananas overturned on a Southern California freeway ramp, shutting down lanes for several hours.

California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada says the driver of the Freightliner apparently lost control just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on the elevated transition ramp from the southbound Interstate 5 to northbound State Route 14 near Santa Clarita.

Nobody was hurt. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

big rig newhall pass Big Rig Nearly Falls Off Newhall Pass Transition Ramp

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TV news helicopters showed the truck on its side, with a portion of the trailer hanging over the edge of the elevated roadway.

The transition road was closed for more than four hours while crews cleared the scene.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Posada says the bananas were en route to a Walmart in Reno, Nev.

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  • me

    Wasn’t a Walmart truck recently in the news that was in a big accident? Are they not training their drivers correctly, or perhaps they learned to drive in a country other than America?

  • RC

    This is what happens when Wal Mart decides to hire low-paid drivers to do it’s local shuttles. Low pay= low skills= low service= high risk.

  • BananaCat

    Well, this is just bananas! I mean, everyone knows bananas are way too slippery to transport by wheeled vehicles (proly why truck go uh-oh: slippery bananas or banana goo got on trailer tires > jackknife/fishtailing ensued > catches on barrier/side of ramp = ToppleTime!); bananas should only be transported by tracked vehicles –duh! When I use to drive bananas, my fav was the Leopard II (remember, I’m a cat)… good times. Anyhoo, good thing the top didn’t open up and spill bananas onto the main fwy… hmmm, actually, if only a couple more trucks carrying ice cream and…

  • hi

    I’m a Walmart driver, and we are basically on-call 24hrs a day. Of course, all federal regulations are followed with regards to workday and break length. But if I’m told to be rested and prepared to drive at 8am, they may not assign a load to me until maybe 11pm, which I’ll be expected to drive straight from pick-up to delivery, anywhere up to 11hrs away. And here’s the kicker: if I stop to go to sleep and get there late, I’m penalized with a late load since I “should’ve slept during the day”. Kinda hard to go back to sleep after just getting up from 8-9hrs of sleep the night before.

    Now I have no idea of knowing for sure, but that may have happened to this guy. He may have started driving late at night after sleeping the previous night, stayed awake through the critical hours of 4-7am, then his body probably just shut down.

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