The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) just issued a press release about their emergency response to a plane crash on a busy California highway. Recently, a small airplane experienced an engine failure while flying over Orange County, which ended with a crash-landing on Interstate 405. I-405 just happens to be one of the busiest highways in the U.S. Caltrans’ Transportation Management Center swiftly coordinated a rapid response team to deploy detours and to help prevent secondary collisions from happening. The plane caught fire upon landing, and a few vehicles were involved in a collision during the chaos.
Plane Crash Response on I-405
The pilot and a passenger in the small airplane were pulled from the fiery wreckage by an off-duty fire captain. They were both rushed to the hospital for treatment of critical injuries. They have since been released and are expected to make full recoveries. Thanks to the quick response of the Caltrans team, no secondary incidents were reported. Within an hour, they had the wreckage, foam, fuel and other debris cleared from the roadway, so holiday weekend traffic could continue safely.
U.S. Auto Crash Statistics
- In 2015, there were 6,296,000 police-reported crashes.
- 2,443,000 people were injured in crashes in 2015.
- In 2015, 35,092 people were killed in U.S. auto crashes.
- On average, 96 people were killed and 6,693 people were injured in car wrecks each day in 2015.
- In 2015, 116,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks on U.S. roadways.
Car Accidents in San Diego
At this time, there has been no word on what caused the engine failure of the small plane. The incident is likely still under investigation with authorities. Car accidents in and around the San Diego area can leave victims in the hospital, out of work or worse. Medical bills and expenses can quickly add up, especially if you’re out of a job too. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego, along with the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.
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