4 Injured After Big Rig Strikes Fire Engine Leaving Earlier 5 Freeway Crash Near Gorman

The fire engine involved in a collision along the 5 Freeway on July 25, 2017 can been seen in this image. (Credit: KTLA)

The fire engine was involved in a collision along the 5 Freeway on July 25, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

A Los Angeles County fire engine was struck by a big rig as the fire truck was leaving the site of an earlier crash on the 5 Freeway near Gorman, causing traffic to be tied up for hours Tuesday night.

The initial crash was reported in southbound lanes just north of Quail Lake Road, where a SUV rolled over into the center divider just after 6 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol traffic incident log.

Two children and an adult were transported from the crash, with the children being airlifted, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.

Then, a little over an hour later, a county fire engine was clearing the scene when it was struck from behind by a big rig, a Fire Department official said. That second crash resulted in three minor injuries aboard the fire engine, and the big-rig driver also had minor injuries.

A SigAlert was issued about 7:30 p.m., and multiples lanes were closed in both directions for several hours, CHP stated on Twitter. All lanes were reopened by 11:20 p.m.

KTLA’s Nidia Becerra and Matt Phillips contributed to this story.