A man is dead and his daughter hospitalized following a collision between their vehicle and a semi-truck in San Jose, California, on March 31, 2017. The San Jose truck accident was one of two fatal semi-truck accidents that day in California and was followed more recently by a tanker truck crash that injured nearly 10 people, some critically.
Vehicle Lodged Under Semi in San Jose Truck Accident
March 31, 2017
The big rig accident in San Jose occurred at about 7:40 on the morning of Friday, March 31, 2017, at Park Avenue and McEvoy Street, as a tractor-flatbed trailer was backing across Park Avenue into a construction job site on McEvoy Street.
An unidentified 41-year-old San Jose man, driving east on Park Avenue in a Pontiac Firebird with his 10-year-old daughter, slammed into the bed of the big rig as it was backing across the road, and became lodged under the semi-truck’s trailer. Photos show the top of the Firebird almost completely removed from the impact.
Don Baker, a 35-year-old Gilroy resident who witnessed the San Jose truck accident, spoke with ABC7 News and said that he was quick to act when he saw the little girl inside the vehicle.
“She was distraught. She was bloody. She was flung over the seats saying my daddy’s dead. My daddy’s dead. And I calmed her down by saying breathe deeply, breathe slowly,” Baker recounted.
Baker also shed further light on the accident, saying that the semi-truck was being directed by construction crews to reverse into the job site on McEvoy Street when the crash occurred.
According to witness reports, the 10-year-old was taken to the hospital for examination after the crash. Her father was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Albert Morales, a spokesman for the San Jose Police Department, gave an update on the girl’s condition that day.
“I was just informed that her condition and injuries are non-life-threatening,” Morales said. “It appears she will be fine. Just a little shaken up.”
Officials have not released a cause for the San Jose truck accident, but have said that the semi-truck driver remained at the scene following the crash and was cooperating with the investigation. A man who owns a business nearby on McEvoy Street said that morning sun can make it “almost impossible to see” when approaching from the east.
The investigation into the San Jose truck accident is ongoing, and anyone who believes they may have information on the accident is asked to call the San Jose Police Department traffic investigations unit at 408-277-4654 or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP or svcrimestoppers.org.
Semi-Truck Causes Fatal Five-Vehicle Crash in Shandon
March 31, 2017
The same day as the San Jose truck accident, a drifting semi-truck on Highway 46 near Shandon, east of Paso Robles, California, set off a chain reaction that resulted in the death of one driver.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to reports of the crash at 2:25 p.m. and found a semi-truck carrying spent grain from Firestone Walker Brewing Co. tipped onto its side, with its cargo strewn across the highway.
After investigating the accident, CHP determined that the big rig, driven by Charles S. Celaya of Cheyenne, Wyoming, had been traveling eastbound at about 55 to 65 mph around 2:15 p.m. when it veered onto the right shoulder. In an effort to right his course while the road took a right-hand curve, Celaya over-corrected and crossed the centerline before hitting a 2001 Dodge Dakota.
After the collision between the semi-truck and the Dakota, the big rig hit a 2014 GMC Sierra traveling north headon. Upon being struck by the semi-truck, the driver of the Dakota then hit a 2016 Ford F-150 and a 2013 Honda Odyssey.
The driver of the GMC Sierra died at the scene from blunt force trauma and has not yet been identified as officials work to notify his family.
The driver of the Odyssey sustained minor injuries to his left arm, but the drivers of the Dodge Dakota and the Ford F-150 were unharmed. Officials have not said whether Celaya, the driver of the semi-truck, was injured during the crash.
The police do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the truck accident.
Tanker Truck Crash Injures Seven, Blocks All Lanes in Glassell Park
April 4, 2017
Four days after the San Jose truck accident and the fatal semi-truck crash in Shandon, another incident involving a tanker truck resulted in multiple injuries and all lanes of traffic being stopped.
That accident took place on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at approximately 5:10 p.m. on the south side of the 2 Freeway near Verdugo Road. A milk tanker hit two vehicles and rolled over, spilling milk onto the highway. At least four other vehicles were also affected. In photos, damaged vehicles and debris are shown spread across the roadway.
Of the vehicles involved, two were damaged in such a way that the occupants were trapped inside (a total of three people between the two vehicles) before being rescued by the Los Angeles Fire Department. In total, seven people sustained injuries in the tanker truck crash and three people were critically injured. The injured ranged in age from 16 to 65.
Rescue and cleanup efforts from the tanker truck crash were extensive enough that all lanes of the 2 Freeway were blocked in the area and traffic backups extended for miles.
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