CALIFORNIA TRUCK ACCIDENT NEWS - APRIL 2013


Motorcyclist Remains in Serious Condition After Crash

Lake Berryessa, California - April 25, 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
Easton, California - April 24, 2013

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. 



Truck Driver Arrested on Suspicion of Driving Under Influence

Redding, California - April 23, 2013

A propane driver that flipped his truck Tuesday morning on Interstate 5 has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription drugs. The crash happened at around 8:30 a.m. on the northbound side of I-5 near Bowman Road. An official from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said 46-year-old truck driver Roger Anthony was exiting I-5 when he left the roadway and slid down a grassy embankment. The Record Searchlight reports that emergency responders found Anthony inside the overturned truck with major injuries. He was airlifted to Mercy Hospital, where he was later arrested. CHP is still investigating the incident. 




Tractor Trailer Driver Dies in Accident Involving Failed Brakes
Felton - April 19, 2013
Brake failure may have been the cause of a tractor trailer crash that left a truck driver dead. The fatal accident took place at around 1:17 p.m. near Hillview Drive and Hacienda Way in Felton, California.

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.




Woman Dies in Crash With Military Humvee

Joshua Tree - April 19, 2013

A 26-year-old woman from the Yucca Valley, California was killed Friday afternoon in a crash involving a military humvee. The fatal crash occurred at around 3:30 p.m. on Highway 62 near White Feather Road.

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.




Child Killed, Four Others Injured After Dump Truck Hits Car
Rosamond - April 7, 2013

A dump truck collided with a passenger vehicle on Sunday evening, killing a six-year-old boy and injuring four other people. The fatal accident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Backus Road and Willow Springs Road near Rosamond, California.

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.




Man Killed in Rural Tracy Truck Crash

Tracy - April 5, 2013

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.



One Killed, Others Injured After Truck Collision
Blue Lakes - April 3, 2013

A big rig driver was killed and two others sustained injuries after a box truck and a big rig collided, sending the big rig down an embankment and into a lake. The fatal accident occurred early Wednesday morning on Highway 20 in Blue Lakes, California. The sequence of events leading to the accident began when a milk truck heading west lost control at a curve, causing the vehicle to overturn into eastbound traffic.

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.




Two Dead in Fiery Granada Hills Pileup
Granada Hills - April 1, 2013

A crash early Monday morning between a tractor trailer and two passenger vehicles has left two people dead. The fatal crash happened at around 3:40 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the 118 Freeway in Granada Hills, California.

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.


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