BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An early morning traffic collision has prompted an emergency hard closure of the northbound I-15 freeway near Baker.
It happened at about 5:39 am, on March Thursday, 30, 2023, on the I-15 at mile marker 15, several miles south of Baker.
According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, the crash involved a silver Ford Fiesta that was on the right shoulder and a semi that crashed into a white sedan.
Per the logs, the 70,000 lbs. tractor-trailer rolled over and came to a rest on its side approximately 150 feet off the roadway, damaging a perimeter fence.
The contents of the semi were confirmed not to pose a Hazmat threat, however, CalTrans was requested to respond due to a possible Hazmat from the collision.
The fire department was also requested to assess or disconnect the lithium batteries on the semi, per the logs.
At about 9:40 am, a hard closure was put in place for the #2 lane. At 1:29 pm, the #1 lane was shut down and reopened at 2:01 pm, per the logs.
Motorists traveling north from the Victor Valley towards Las Vegas said they have been stuck in gridlock traffic for 2-3 hours and they’ve only moved a couple of miles. At about 5:00 pm, a dust storm blew thru the area.
Information on the extent of injuries was not available at the time of this article. Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.
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