California is notorious for semi-truck accidents. That’s not surprising given that it’s the most populated state in the country, has a reputation for terrible traffic and dangerous roads, and is a frequent destination or thru-route for truckers.
Each week headlines around the Golden State include mentions of truck crashes—some fatal, some injury-causing, and some merely traffic-snarling. April has followed suit with the trend, with commercial truck crashes taking place everywhere from Redding to Fontana, including an incident that left passengers on a Fresno bus hanging over a cement canal.
Fresno Bus Left Dangling Over Canal After Collision with Semi
April 5, 2018
Five people, including an individual in a motorized wheelchair, were on board a Fresno Area Express (FAX) bus that was traveling south of Fresno on FAX Route 41 when a semi-truck hit it.
The bus was moving south, bound for Malaga, on Maple Avenue at approximately 1:00 p.m. when it made a left turn toward the eastbound lane of North Avenue. According to California Highway Patrol (CHP), it was while the FAX bus was in the intersection that the bus was hit from behind by a semi-truck that was already moving east on North Avenue.
CHP officer Jose Acosta gave further details on the crash, telling The Fresno Bee that the FAX bus stopped at a stop sign at the intersection and then pulled out in front of the big rig.
The force from the collision drove the bus into a nearby power pole and left its front driver’s side wheel teetering over a cement canal bank along the roadway. The power pole was de-energized after it was knocked down, according to Denny Boyles, a spokesperson for PG&E, who operates the power. Boyles cautioned that poles are not always instantly disabled, and drivers and passengers should be aware of the risks and remain in their vehicles when wires have come loose.
Three of the five passengers on board the bus were transported to a local hospital for the treatment of unspecified injuries. The FAX bus driver and the driver of the semi-truck sustained no injuries.
The city has yet to comment on the Fresno big rig crash, saying they are waiting for the investigation to be complete.
Produce Truck Flips in Bakersfield
April 11, 2018
Early hours kept a semi-truck rollover in Bakersfield from creating a traffic nightmare.
CHP officials say a semi-truck carrying produce was traveling south on Highway 99 in the area of Highway 65 at approximately 4:00 a.m. when they suspect the commercial vehicle was cut off, causing it to strike a curb and rollover.
Both the driver of the semi-truck and a passenger inside it were uninjured in the incident, but environmental crews were called to prevent damage from spilled fuel.
Two Police Officers Injured After Patrol Car Hit by Produce Truck in L.A.
April 10, 2018
An investigation is underway after a produce truck collided with a marked Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) patrol car.
The incident happened at approximately 1:20 a.m. by the intersection of North Los Angeles Street and East Temple Street. The produce truck, operated by Frankie’s Produce, attempted a left turn onto Temple Street when it struck the patrol car, which was on North Los Angeles Street.
Both officers inside the patrol car were transported to an area hospital with undisclosed injuries, though later reports said that one officer had pain in her neck and knees and the other officer sustained a laceration to the face and spoke of pain in his ankles.
The driver of the produce truck was uninjured and was administered a DUI test following the accident. LAPD Lt. Allen Schubert told ABC7 that the truck driver was cooperating with the investigation.
Driver Hospitalized Following Underride Accident with Target Semi-Truck in Fontana
April 9, 2018
A 22-year-old Fontana man was in a coma with a head trauma injury following a collision between the 2015 Toyota Corolla he was driving and a tractor-trailer operating for Target.
The man, who has yet to be identified, was speeding as he drove north on Cherry Avenue at approximately 1:43 a.m., according to a witness to the crash. The Corolla reached a red light at Meyer Canyon Drive but failed to stop for it, instead of continuing into the intersection and colliding with the Target semi-truck, which was turning east from Cherry Avenue, where it had been traveling south.
Upon impact with the trailer, the Corolla slid partway underneath it, in what is known as an underride accident, and is one of the most dangerous truck-related crash types.
I-5 Traffic Snarled near Redding After Big Rig Spills Load of Lumber on Freeway
April 5, 2018
Drivers traveling north on Interstate 5 near Redding found their trips were drastically slowed following a semi-truck rollover that resulted in spilled cargo and, according to CHP, “lumber all over the roadway.”
The wood-hauling big rig was by the Vollmers exit at approximately 2:00 p.m. when it ended up “completely on its side” for unknown reasons. The strewn lumber immediately shut down both northbound lanes of I-5 in the area, and Calfire and Caltrans were summoned to help clear the lumber and secure the accident scene.
The California Department of Transportation advised that one lane was reopened at 3:15 p.m.
The driver of the semi-truck sustained minor injuries.