Boy Killed, 3 Others Hurt, In Car/Gasoline Tanker-Truck Crash That Shuts Down Highway 118 In Somis

Friday August 10, 2018

(Photos courtesy Ventura County Fire)

   Update--Roadway is open.

   At about 7:50 AM Friday morning a 2014 Chevy Impala driven by a 45-year-old Somis woman was making a left turn from southbound Balcom Canyon Road in Somis to the eastbound 118 when her vehicle was broadsided by a big rig gasoline tanker truck with trailer driven by a 65-year-old Los Angeles man traveling westbound on the 118.

   The impact spun both vehicles around and they wound up facing eastbound with the semi tanker and its trailer over the side of the eastbound 118 between the roadway and the railroad tracks.

   The front tanker that was connected to the semi cab began to leak what later turned out to be 1,000 to 1,200 gallons of gasoline.

   The trailer tank did not leak.

   The 45-year-old female driver of the Chevy sedan was taken to the trauma center at Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks with major injuries.

   Her 9-year-old son who was in the back seat directly behind her was also taken to Los Robles with major injuries but was pronounced dead at the hospital.

   The woman's 7-year-old daughter, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and found on the railroad tracks.

   She was taken to Los Robles with major injuries considered life threatening.

   The driver of the big rig was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.

   Because of the seriousness of the crash and the spilled gasoline, the 118 was shut down in both directions between Tierra Rejada Road in Moorpark and Somis Road in Somis.

   Train traffic was also halted for 12 hours but has resumed.

   The roadway is open but Caltrans Saturday morning will have one way traffic control in effect while they repair the guardrail in that area.