News Alert!!: San Diego, CA: Semi truck crashes into news van and almost hits KUSI 9 Photojournalist.
A semi truck loses control near a separate traffic accident and crashes into a news van missing a photojournalist with KUSI Channel 9.
The traffic accident happened just before 12:00pm PT on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 along northbound Interstate 15 at the Interstate 8 connector in San Diego, California.
A KUSI Channel 9 Photojournalist was taking video of a vehicle crash when a semi truck driver lost control on the rain soaked interstate, crashed into KUSI Channel 9 News Van parked on the shoulder, and slid within just a few feet of where the KUSI Channel 9 Photojournalist was standing before coming to a stop sideways and blocking all northbound lanes of Interstate 15.
At least 2 other vehicles traveling behind the semi truck came to a stop on the interstate and were hit by vehicles behind them.
In all, at least 6 vehicles were involved in the traffic accident.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and the California Highway Patrol responded to the traffic accident scene.
A woman required minor medical attention, but nobody was seriously hurt.
At around 1:30pm PT, all northbound lanes of Interstate 15 were reopened.
Drivers should always use caution when the roads, highways, and interstates are wet by storms.
**** Here are some safe driving tips when driving in the stormy conditions on roads, highways, and interstates: ****
– Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time.
– Carry an emergency kit. You can build your own with tips found at:
– Driving in Rain Before it starts to rain, replace old or brittle wiper blades.
– Stay toward the middle lanes – water tends to pool in outside lanes.
– Maintain proper following distance (3 second rule). This needs to be increased in wet weather.
– Be more alert watching for brake lights in front of you. Avoid using your brakes; if possible, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.
– Turn your headlights on in a light rain and in gloomy, foggy, or overcast conditions to help you see the road and help other drivers see you.
– Never drive beyond the limits of visibility. The glare of oncoming lights, amplified by the rain on the windshield, can cause temporary loss of visibility while substantially increasing driver fatigue.
– Never drive through moving water if you can’t see the ground through it; your vehicle could be swept off the road.
– Avoid driving through deep water, because it can cause serious damage to a modern vehicle’s electrical system.
– When you need to stop or slow, do not brake hard or lock the wheels and risk a skid. Maintain mild pressure on the brake pedal.
– Watch out for places where floodwater collects, particularly low-lying roads adjacent to streams, and dips under rail or highway bridges.
– Never use cruise control on wet roads or icy road conditions. Cruise control can cause skidding and loss of tire traction on wet or icy roads. Don’t drive with your windows frosted or fogged up.
– Wait until they clear before leaving home. A quick way to de-fog your windows is to open a window to let cool air in.
** “Hydroplaning” happens when heavy rain and fast speeds lead to your vehicle riding on top of a thin layer of water, a dangerous situation that can lead to uncontrolled skidding or drifting out of the lane. If you find yourself hydroplaning or skidding: **
– Do not brake or turn suddenly. Ease your foot off the gas until the vehicle slows and you can feel traction on the road again.
– Turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid. As you recover control, gently straighten the wheels.
– If you need to brake, do it gently with light pumping action. Your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, then brake normally. Because the vehicle’s computer will mimic a pumping action.
** More driving safety tips is at the following California Office of Traffic Safety (O.T.S.) website address: **
** More information about stopping, parking, or leave standing a vehicle upon a interstate is at the following California Department of Motor Vehicles website address: **