Truck Crashes on Santa Ana Freeway, Blocks Traffic for Nearly 10 Hours

From a Times Staff Writer

Traffic backed up from Anaheim to the Los Angeles County line for almost 10 hours Saturday after a tractor-trailer rig laden with packages slammed into a bridge support and overturned on the Santa Ana Freeway. No one was injured.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a United Parcel Service truck crashed about 1 a.m. at the Ball Road overpass and blocked all southbound lanes of the freeway until 10:15 a.m.

CHP Officer Rigo Betancourt said the truck was going 55 to 60 m.p.h. when the driver apparently fell asleep and hit a Ball Road bridge support, causing the vehicle to jackknife and overturn.

Although the cab of the truck was demolished, the driver was unhurt, Betancourt said.


Crash investigators, checking a tip from a witness that there might have been an explosion, called the Sheriff’s Department bomb squad. No evidence of explosives were found, according to the CHP.