A toppled crane forced authorities to close the eastbound 22 to the northbound 605 freeway connector for several hours.
The construction crane fell onto the single-lane connector around 4:30 p.m. It was part of a roadway construction project. Authorities thought the connector would be closed for a couple days, but a crew was able to clean up and remove the crew in a couple hours. The freeway connector was open later in the evening.
Luckily, no vehicles were struck by the crane. There have been no reports of injuries. Currently, authorities are investigating the cause of the collapse.
If you are ever a witness to such an incident, here are some key tips to keep in mind. These tips will guide you through handling reporting a car accident.
If you are the first person at the scene, pull completely off the road. You should try to be 100 feet or more away from the scene of the collision. Turn on your emergency flashers. This will help emergency personnel see the collision.
You should keep your distance from the vehicle. See if you can tell if anyone is injured. Do not touch any one. Just try to gather as much information about the incident as you can. Do not move anyone from the vehicle unless he or she is a burning vehicle or imminent danger. If you move an injured person, you can increase the injuries.
Call 9-1-1. Be prepared to answer questions regarding location of the emergency and injuries. You should take note of any cross streets or freeway information. You may also need to report if anyone is bleeding or unconscious.
Stay at the scene at least until authorities arrive. If you have a camera, try to take photos of the damage. Give these photos to the authorities and drivers. Take notes of other information like make and model of the vehicles involved. It is also important to write the license plate down.
Car accidents are incredibly traumatic, and being a witness to a car accident can also be quite difficult. Hopefully, these steps will help lessen the stress of witnessing a car accident. If you are ever in a car accident and need a car accident lawyer, call The Law Offices of Dara Khajavi. Our excellent Seal Beach car accident lawyers have won countless cases. Contact us today for a free consultation.