CALIFORNIA TRUCK ACCIDENT NEWS - APRIL 2013
A motorcyclist that crashed trying to avoid a collision with a big rig remains in the intensive care unit at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. Rudy Chairez, 61 was riding his motorcycle Thursday afternoon on Highway 128 when a big rig traveling in the opposite direction began to lose control. The trailer section of the big rig swerved into Chairez's path, forcing the 61-year-old off the road and down an embankment. According to the Napa Valley Register, Chairez was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he remains in serious condition. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
One Killed After Milk Truck Hits Car
The driver of a Honda Accord was killed early Wednesday morning in a crash involving a milk truck. The fatal accident occurred at around 2:45 a.m. at the intersection of Lincoln and Fruit in Easton, California. According to CBS 47, the milk truck just left a local dairy when the two vehicles collided head-on, killing the driver of the Honda instantly. The identity of the deceased victim has not yet been released by authorities. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
According to a California Highway Patrol (CHP) official, it appears that the brakes on the tractor trailer failed coming down a mountainous road, causing the truck to lose control and overturn. Emergency crews arrived at the scene and immediately started CPR on the driver, who was later pronounced dead. The Capitola-Soquel Patch reports that the name of the deceased trucker has not yet been released. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Authorities say the humvee was heading eastbound on Highway 62 when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed the median and struck a 2010 Ford Focus driven by 26-year-old Kristin Thrawl. First responders arrived at the crash site shortly thereafter but could not revive Thrawl, who was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 3:45 p.m.
According to the Debrief Military Blog, a mishap summary has not yet been posted by the military's Naval Safety Center. An investigation into Friday's fatal crash is being handled by the California Highway Patrol.
According to 23 ABC News, the dump truck failed to obey a stop sign at the intersection and collided with a black Lexus passenger vehicle. One of the passengers in the Lexus, six-year-old Nickolas Lee Smith of Bakersfield, was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders. The driver of the Lexus was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Three other people, including the driver of the dump truck, were taken away in ambulances. California Highway Patrol officials are investigating the accident.
A 23-year-old Vernalis man died on Friday when his car struck a tractor trailer that had backed into his path. The fatal car accident occurred at about 4:40 a.m. on South Kasson and Wright roads in Tracy, California.
Juan DeLaTorre IV was driving a green 2001 Ford Taurus north on Kasson when he hit the side of a 2012 Volvo semi’s trailer. According to the CHP, the big rig, owned by Swift Transportation, had inexplicably backed onto Wright Road. This action caused the trailer to block both lanes of Kasson Road, authorities explained. It was then that DeLaTorre’s Taurus slammed into the trailer, partially going underneath it. He died of his injuries at the scene of the crash. He is survived by a young son and daughter, according to reports.
Big rig driver Edward Greet Jr., 43, was not injured in the accident. Authorities are investigating the fatal truck crash.
The Lake County Record-Bee reports that the driver, 58-year-old Donald Morton, was going between 45 and 50 miles per hour before he lost control of the truck. The milk truck ended up clipping an eastbound big rig driven by 45-year-old Robert Lee Wagner, sending his rig off the road and into the lake. Wagner was pronounced dead at the scene. His 15-year-old passenger was trapped in the truck, which was partially submerged in the lake, for roughly 90 minutes before he was rescued by emergency crews. The boy was taken to UC Davis Medical Center with major hypothermia. Morton was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center with moderate injuries. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
KTLA 5 reports that the accident began when a passenger vehicle rear-ended a tractor trailer. The accident sent the tractor trailer into the shoulder, but the passenger vehicle was stranded in the middle of the freeway. A Toyota Celica then hit the disabled passenger vehicle, which caught fire on impact. Two people in the vehicle were killed. The female driver in the Celica also sustained injuries.
The names of the deceased have not yet been released. An investigation is ongoing.