A stretch of the 118 Freeway in Moorpark is closed after a crash involving a gas tanker truck killed a 9-year-old boy and left two others with major injuries on Friday, authorities said.
The two-vehicle collision was reported on the westbound 118 near Balcom Canyon Road just before 8 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol’s incident log.
A 9-year-old boy was transported to a local trauma center in critical condition where he later died, according to CHP. He has not been identified.
Two others — a female driver and a 7-year-old girl — suffered major injuries and were transported to a hospital.
The tanker overturned in the collision, spilling its liquid contents onto the roadway. A hazardous materials teams was dispatched to the highway as the truck continued to leak small amounts of fuel, authorities said.
Caltrans workers are also on scene cleaning up the “hazardous spill,” the agency tweeted.
The 118 is closed in both directions between Tierra Rejada and Somis roads, according to a news release from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. Another closure is in effect between Balcom Canyon and Stockton roads.
Cleanup operations at the scene lasted more than 12 hours. At 8:45 p.m., CHP said crews were still working to get the truck and trailer towed.
The highway was expected to reopen at 11 p.m.
Motorists can use the 101 or 126 freeways to bypass the closure and get through Ventura County, the agency said.
An investigation into the crash was expected to last most of the day.