A Visalia resident got the wakeup call of a lifetime when she awoke to the cab of a box truck slamming into her bed while she slept. The victim’s brother, who owns the house, says that accidents are common at the intersection outside of the home, and wants city officials to take action to prevent similar incidents in the future. The Visalia truck crash was one of several dangerous truck crashes that occurred around the state of California in the week leading up to Christmas.
Homeowner Says Visalia Truck Crash Part of a Trend
December 18, 2017
Phyllis Edwards was asleep in her brother Larry Andrade’s Visalia home at 10:00 a.m. when a box truck ripped through the wall of the house and slammed into Edwards’ bedroom. The box truck hit the headboard of the bed Edwards was sleeping in, and the impact pushed both her and the bed across the room and into a wall.
Andrade was not home at the time of the crash, but recounted the scene following.
“Pretty much the whole cab went into the house,” he said in an interview with Visalia Times-Delta. “The truck hit the bed and threw the bed and her up against the wall.”
Andrade’s wife, Kristin Andrade, was in the house when the box truck crashed into it and was quick to jump into action.
“It felt like an earthquake that lasted a long time,” Kristin Andrade said. “I ran outside to make sure everyone was OK [sic] and looked and saw a truck in the house. I ran inside and couldn’t open the bedroom door.”
The crash trapped Edwards in the bedroom, so Kristin Andrade worked with the box truck driver to help the woman escape through a window in the room. Edwards was also able to save a family dog who had been in the room with her at the time of the crash.
Edwards was transported to an area hospital for the treatment of minor neck and back injuries, but Kristin Andrade acknowledged how lucky she was to avoid more serious or fatal injuries.
“I don’t know what would’ve happened if she didn’t have a headboard,” she said.
Larry Andrade has since addressed the almost-inevitability of the truck crash in Visalia, owing to the accidents that he says occur monthly at the West Riggin Avenue and North Giddings Street intersection in front of his house. The frequency of the truck accidents has done little to inspire officials to take action, according to Andrade.
“There have been so many really serious accidents and nothing has happened,” Andrade told the Visalia Times-Delta. “I can’t say if this will push [city officials] to do anything.”
Investigators believe that the box truck was traveling on West Riggin Avenue when a car pulled out in front of the truck, causing it to veer to avoid the passenger vehicle, which it still ended up hitting before it ran into the Andrade home.
A new school near the intersection has added both vehicle and pedestrian traffic to the area.
One Fatality in Head-On Collision with Semi near Calistoga
December 19, 2017
California Highway Patrol (CHP) are still investigating a crash in the Calistoga area that resulted in the death of a 73-year-old Lakeport man.
The man, since identified as John Michael Norin, was driving a Volkswagen west on Petrified Forest Road by Franz Valley School Road at approximately 11:59 a.m. when the accident occurred.
CHP Officer Marc Renspurger says CHP investigators believe that Norin crossed the double yellow lines for unknown reasons, and collided head-on with a 2000 Peterbilt semi-truck that was traveling east. The big rig was driven by 51-year-old Howard Beeman III from Inverness.
Emergency responders extricated Norin from his vehicle before a CHP helicopter took him to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Norin was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Beeman was not injured in the crash, despite both vehicles sustaining major damage.
Perris Big Rig Accident Kills One
December 18, 2017
An unidentified 25-year-old man from Perris died after a collision with a semi-truck on Highway 74 west of Perris.
The man, who was not initially identified pending next of kin notifications, was driving a 1998 Honda Accord westbound on State Route 74 in the Festus Circle/Ethanac Road area at the time of the crash.
The Honda was traveling at approximately 70 miles per hour, according to a CHP news release, at 11:25 a.m. when the Perris man lost control of the vehicle and veered onto the dirt shoulder on the right side of the roadway. The driver then attempted to steer the Honda back onto the highway, in the process overcorrecting and subsequently fishtailing. This sent the Honda into the path of an oncoming eastbound 2014 Freightliner semi-truck, which struck the right side of the Honda.
Riverside County Fire Department was called to respond to the accident, and when they arrived, they found the Perris man trapped inside the Honda.
“The first arriving engine company reported a two-vehicle traffic collision with one patient trapped,” April Newman, a spokesperson for the Riverside County Fire Department, said. “The patient succumbed to their injuries at the scene.” Please post in slightly larger font
The semi-truck was driven by an unidentified Arizona man. He sustained no injuries in the crash.