Southbound I-15 in Escondido
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On November 3, at approximately 1:10 p.m., a motorist was injured on the southbound I-15 between the Centre City Parkway on-ramp and Via Rancho Parkway off-ramp.

A gas-cylinder delivery vehicle was unable to stop in time when he realized that traffic was backed up in front of him. A Chevy Malibu was trapped under the truck in flames. The driver of the small car suffered critical injuries, according to a California Highway Patrol officer. She was taken by helicopter to UCSD Burn Center.

A motorist who was at the scene reported that "About a dozen cars stopped and we dumped our fire extinguishers into it. As soon as the fire department showed up, I ran like hell back to the my car and left. I was surprised by how many people keep fire extinguishers in their cars. Two cars just drove up, handed us a fire extinguisher out the window, then kept on driving.”

Traffic was backed up until nearly 4:00 p.m. while the freeway was closed. The driver of the truck was not injured.

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Visduh Nov. 8, 2012 @ 7:57 p.m.

Just another truck driver thinking his rig was his Porsche, or more likely the hot-shot car he wished he had. These big rig drivers are getting more dangerous by the day. Today I heard a traffic report of a freeway "accident" in LA involving three rigs on the 605. Until the system starts to charge the trucking operators with the full cost of these "accidents" and start putting some of the drivers in the slammer for months or years, the freeways will be "free-for-all ways." This is no kidding matter. Driving those trucks on freeways is no simple job. It demands skill and maturity, something many of these "jocks" lack.

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