2 Hospitalized in Crash with Tanker Truck on Highway 371
AGUANGA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2021) — An Aguanga crash involving a sewage tanker truck happened Wednesday at Highway 371 and Highway 79.
The truck carrying 2,300 gallons of sewage reportedly overturned about 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 13th and collided into red Ford Expedition SUV and a white pickup truck.
Additionally, the impact caused serious injuries to a child and an adult in the SUV.
The crash took place as the driver in the tanker attempted to transition from the eastbound Highway 371 onto northbound Highway 79, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The truck driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle, causing it to tip over and land on the SUV.
Both people inside the SUV suffered traumatic injuries and were trapped in their vehicle, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Firefighter crews took roughly 30 minutes extricating one of the victims. That person was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition, police said. Meanwhile, the second victim was also critically injured and transported by ambulance to a hospital. The truck driver did not report any injuries.
Meanwhile, CHP officials closed down one lane of the northbound Highway 79 at the junction. Hazardous materials crews had to clean up the leaking chemicals and sewage from the truck.
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