Truck that crashed in La Canada Flintridge shouldn't have been there

In the aftermath of Wednesday night’s fatal big rig crash in La Cañada Flintridge, elected officials criticized the state transportation agency claiming that it didn’t do enough to keep heavy trucks off a steep portion of the Angeles Crest Highway. Caltrans regional official Doug Failing told KPCC’s “Patt Morrison” that there are signs along the route prohibiting big rigs, and that the driver would have seen them.

In the aftermath of Wednesday night’s fatal big rig crash in La Cañada Flintridge, elected officials criticized the state transportation agency claiming that it didn’t do enough to keep heavy trucks off a steep portion of the Angeles Crest Highway. Caltrans regional official Doug Failing told KPCC’s “Patt Morrison” that there are signs along the route prohibiting big rigs, and that the driver would have seen them.

Doug Failing: “The routes that he drove through to get to this location have very clear signs that say, ‘trucks over 6,000 pounds are now allowed to come through here.’”

The state has enacted a 90-day ban on those trucks along the steep road through the San Gabriel Mountains while lawmakers determine whether to put a permanent ban in place. A 12-year-old girl and her father died and a dozen people were injured when the driver’s runaway truck crashed on a commercial street off Highway 2. The driver is charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter.

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