Interstate 70, westbound milepost 257. pic.twitter.com/6FY4hrHy3H
— Trooper Riedel (@TrooperRiedel) February 4, 2014
I would assume that the accident was caused by speed and the wet conditions at the scene. This 200 foot tunnel is a death trap and should be closed immediately. There is no need for a special truck bypass on this stretch of freeway. The tunnel was built with an approximate 5% grade with a sweeping “S” turn at the end of the tunnel. Just not a practical design for today’s freeway. If anyone should be upset is the proponents of equal speed limits for trucks and four wheelers.
Whatever the cause of the accident, we must remember those who lost their lives were human beings. They probably all had families and will be terribly missed by those left behind. The people who were injured will always have the scars and pain caused by this accident.
If you weren’t affected by this tragedy, maybe you need to search your soul and read the following article about a wife and kids who talked to their father on the phone just seconds before the crash. He was a grocery driver who was returning home from a trip. He happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and was trapped by the flames. The wife and kids held vigil at the scene until their fathers truck was pulled from the tunnel. He is suspected of being one of the unfortunate drivers killed. Read the article here: Family Holds Roadside Vigil For Missing Trucker.
You can read more about this accident at the Los Angeles Times.
Update: As of 11:18 AM, CHP officials confirmed 2 fatalities in this tragic accident. Unknown if they were truck drivers or four wheelers.