A Valley Glen truck crash and several other fatal California truck accidents in the past week have left multiple people dead and family members grieving. California Highway Patrol is investigating the causes of the crashes, which separately involved a garbage truck, a semi truck and a mail truck. Unfortunately, in many of the fatal crashes it was other motorists who died, a reminder that drivers of other vehicles are at risk of serious injury or death when they collide with a large truck. Semi truck crashes continue to be a concern for road safety advocates, who push for stronger trucking regulations to ensure motorists are as safe as possible.
Valley Glen Truck Crash Kills One
June 8, 2017
A Valley Glen truck crash involving a garbage truck has killed one person and seriously injured another. The accident happened on Thursday, June 8, at around 11:00 a.m. at West Burbank Boulevard and Laurel Canyon Boulevard when a pickup truck and a garbage truck collided. The driver of the pickup truck died at the scene.
A third vehicle was also involved in the crash when the pickup truck veered into it after being hit by the garbage truck. The driver of that vehicle was in serious condition and taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with chest pains.
The garbage truck was reportedly traveling west on Burbank Boulevard when the accident happened. The garbage truck driver was not injured, though at least one news outlet reported the garbage truck ran a red light, causing the Valley Glen truck crash.
“An initial investigation with a witness stated that the truck ran a red light and collided with the white pickup truck, driving southbound in the No. 1 lane,” said Sgt. Greg Fuqua, of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division. “A man in his 30s was taken to Sherman Oaks hospital. At approximately 12 p.m., he succumbed to his injuries.”
Authorities continue to investigate the cause of the crash.
Truck Driver Killed in I-5 Crash
June 6, 2017
Just days prior to the Valley Glen truck crash, a crash on southbound I-5 in Cottonwood also took a life. California Highway Patrol (CHP) was called to a collision north of the Cottonwood Main Street exit on Tuesday, June 6, at 6:20 p.m. to respond to a big rig that was off the road.
According to reports, the 2016 Freightliner, which towed a 53-foot trailer—drifted onto the road’s shoulder, then traveled down the embankment and up the other side. The unidentified truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators have said the driver may have suffered a medical emergency, which could have caused the truck to crash. Officials do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident.
Underride Crash Kills One Near South Mission
June 7, 2017
An unidentified man whose vehicle became wedged underneath a semi-truck died from his injuries. The accident happened around 8:20 a.m. on June 7, 2017, on I-680 near South Mission in Fremont. The vehicles were both moving northbound when the smaller car crashed into the back of the big rig and slid underneath, in what is known as an underride accident. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Underride truck crashes have been a source of controversy in recent years as safety advocates have pushed for measures to prevent underride crashes. Among those who have pushed for underride safety—the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the families of people who died in gruesome underride accidents. Despite pushes for regulations requiring side and rear guards on trucks, the trucking industry has said the safety devices will increase the risk of an accident.
Motorcyclist Dies After Crash with Mail Truck
June 9, 2017
On the same day as the Valley Glen truck accident, a 69-year-old motorcyclist died and his family is in shock after he collided with a mail truck in Easton, California. The collision happened on Friday, June 9, when Manuel Jurado was on his motorbike following one of his daughters home. After an hour of waiting for him at the home, his daughter went out to find him and came across his bike.
According to California Highway Patrol officers, a mail truck pulled onto the road in front of Jurado, causing his bike to collide with the truck. Jurado died immediately.
“She took a father, she took the best grandpa, she took the best person off this planet, I know she’s going to have to live with that, but she needs to know you took someone from us,” said Jurado’s daughter Marisela Laurino. Friends and family described Jurado as a kind and generous man who retired from a dairy farm after more than 50 years of employment.