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Fiery Crash Shut Down NB I-15 Freeway For Hours

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) A fiery crash shut down the northbound 15 freeway for nearly 6 hours early Thursday morning.

Just before 4:00 a.m. dispatch received reports of a traffic collision involving a semi on the NB I-15 south of Dale Evans parkway.

According to CHP Officer H. Poulsen, Tony Oliver, 45, a resident of Las Vegas, was driving a 2017 Freightliner/box trailer in the no. 3 lane at 75 mph, according to witnesses.

A tractor-trailer crashed into a pickup truck hauling a 5th wheel trailer causing both to erupt into flames. (Photo courtesy of Apple Valley Fire Protection District via Twitter)
A tractor-trailer crashed into a pickup truck hauling a 5th wheel trailer causing both to erupt into flames. (Photo courtesy of Apple Valley Fire Protection District via Twitter)

Michael Drake, 64, a resident of Glendora, was driving a 2000 Chevy 3500/5th wheel directly in front of the Freightliner at about 45 mph.

Due to Oliver’s unsafe speed, he failed to slow his vehicle for the slower traffic ahead of him. The Freightliner struck the rear of Drake’s vehicle.

Oliver’s vehicle then veered to the left and struck the concrete wall in the center median.

The Freightliner became fully engulfed blocking the median and number one lane. Drake drove his vehicle to the right shoulder and came to a stop. The 5th wheel trailer became fully engulfed on the right shoulder.

Officer D. Burke and G Williams responded to assist with traffic control and the freeway closure at north Stoddard Wells Road. Traffic was diverted off the freeway at north Stoddard Wells Road to Dale Evans Parkway.

The no.3 lane was reopened at approximately 7:50 a.m. The freeway was reopened at about 9:00 a.m.

No injuries were reported and alcohol and drugs are not considered to be a factor in the collision.

(Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)

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