Overturned crane shuts down NB I-5 at San Clemente

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SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. – Traffic on northbound Interstate 5 in San Clemente was halted Thursday after a crane overturned across all lanes.

The truck overturned at 3 p.m. blocking northbound lanes just south of Avenida Pico. The crash caused California Highway Patrol to shut down the highway for up to 10 hours.

Northbound traffic was jammed to the entrance to Camp Pendleton, aerial video showed. Traffic appeared to be getting by slowly on the right shoulder just before 6 p.m.

Debris was in the southbound lanes initially, but those lanes were soon cleared and flowing.

3 comments

  • Etime Soy

    Why does it take 10 hours to clear a major interstate thoroughfare? Is it CALTRANS and/or CHP milking the job? No one was hurt. Expedite a crane able to lift the fallen one within a few minutes, at a premium price which the toppled over crane company should pay, lift it, remove it from the freeway, safely return freeway passage to the tax payers who own it and stop inconveniencing them, allow them to get on their way while accident investigation teams pour over videos and photos figuring out why the crane fell, assign blame and associated costs, figure out how to prevent it in the future and get the highway reopened in 10 or 15 minutes.

    • CM

      …because you could not go in to the grocery store, buy a weeks worth of groceries and be out in 3 minutes. Things take time…learn some patience. Finding and dispatching a crane, getting to the the scene, righting the overturned crane, cleaning up the debris and possible Hazmat from fires in 10-15 minutes?!?! Oh, and forgot if anyone could have possibly been injured that may have needed medical attention. Etime Soy needs to get through on the freeway he/she pays for!

    • Brian

      First of all a representative from the crane company has to get to the accident site and assess the situation. Where is the overturned crane located (middle of the freeway?, off the shoulder and partly down a hill?,on a bridge?). Then they need to determine where the other cranes can set up and what their radius will be. What size cranes will be needed to be able to pick the needed weight at a certain distance? Will the bridge hold the weight of all the cranes together? Does a crane need to be set up below the freeway on the city street to lift? After all the perimeters are set then cranes have to be dispatched to the scene. Crane companies are not like fire departments where they have crews living at the yard. Operators and oilers have to be called, then get to the yard to pick up the crane, and then drive to the scene. Once on the scene mechanics will most likely have to torch or cut some pieces of the crane to safely right it up. Then the precise job a lifting the crane upright can begin with one crane lifting and the second crane “catching” and lowering the crane once it hits it fulcrum point. After it’s upright then the crane has to be readied for transport. To do this the two “rescue” cranes may need to move to another position and loaded on a multi-axle trailer to haul it away.
      Maybe this can all be done in 30 minutes ETIME SOY, but definitely not in 10 or 15 minutes. Notice the sarcasm….

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