At least one person has died and 10 more were injured in a Griffith Park truck crash that involved six vehicles, including two semi-trucks. The truck crash was just one of three accidents involving semi-trucks in California in two days, two of which were fatal. Such crashes are a reminder of the devastation that can be caused when passenger vehicles and semi-trucks collide.
Fiery Griffith Park Truck Crash Takes One Life
April 25, 2017
The Griffith Park Truck crash occurred around 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25 when a collision occurred on the 5 Freeway. In all, six vehicles including two semi-trucks were involved in the accident, which happened near Los Feliz Boulevard. The crash ignited a blaze, which took around 30 minutes for the Los Angeles Fire Department to put out.
One person was declared dead at the scene, but it is not yet known who the victim was or what vehicle he or she was in. A 27-year-old woman was rushed to hospital with critical injures and another nine patients were treated in hospital for minor injuries. One dog also died in the Griffith Park truck crash.
Cleanup of the wreckage, which included spilled oil, was not expected to be complete until after 3:00 p.m. that afternoon. Initially following the accident, officials were concerned there could be one or more people unaccounted for.
California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. A preliminary report indicates that a northbound big rig lost control and crossed over the center divider. It then either collided with a semi-truck or caused the southbound semi-truck to crash into something else and start a fire.
One of the big rigs involved in the accident was a tanker hauling milk. The driver was able to let his employers know he was safe.
“He had to use somebody else’s phone because he just jumped out of the truck,” said Darrel Green of DDG Transport to NBC.
Two Die in Fresno Truck Crash
April 24, 2017
Just one day earlier, two people died in Fresno after a semi-truck and a pickup truck collided and caught fire. According to reports, the semi-truck was traveling north on G Street and Old Lake Road around 11:30 a.m. behind the pickup truck when the pickup suddenly stopped. As the semi-truck moved to pass the pickup, the pickup did an abrupt u-turn and collided with the semi-truck.
The driver of the semi-truck, 60-year-old Auscencio Ramirez, was unharmed and was cooperating with investigators. California Highway Patrol said he will not be cited. Ramirez reportedly tried to help the victims in the other vehicle but was unable to get to it before it caught fire, with the victims still inside.
Driver Injured in Rio Vista Truck Accident
April 24, 2017
Also on April 24, a driver suffered serious burns and life-threatening injuries after an accident involving two semi-trucks. The accident happened at around 10:00 a.m. on State Route 160 two miles north of the Antioch Bridge. One of the trucks involved in the accident caught fire, leading to a brush fire at the side of the road. State Route 160 was shut down between Wilbur Avenue and Highway 12 until late afternoon when the wreckage was cleared.
According to California Highway Patrol, a tractor-trailer traveling southbound crossed into the northbound lane and hit a northbound truck before sliding down an embankment and catching fire. The driver of the southbound semi-truck received major burns, and a spokesperson for California Highway Patrol indicated the driver might also have been ejected from his vehicle. The driver of the northbound truck suffered minor injuries.
Driver Killed in Three-Vehicle Accident
April 26, 2017
On April 26, 2017, one driver was killed and another injured after a three-vehicle accident involving a semi truck and two pickup trucks pulling hay rakes. The accident happened on Highway 152 at San Juan Road when the two pickup trucks slowed to turn right from the highway onto San Juan Road. The semi-truck rear-ended one of the hayrakes, pushing the second pickup truck into the first. The driver in the middle truck died of his injuries while the driver of the other pickup truck was treated in hospital for minor injuries. The semi-truck driver was not injured in the crash.
Truck Crash Attorney
Unfortunately, occupants of passenger vehicles are the ones most vulnerable to devastating injuries when their vehicles are involved in a crash with a big rig. Semi-trucks can weigh more than 20 times the weight of a passenger vehicle and sit much higher off the road, increasing the risk of a smaller vehicle being involved in an underride accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck crash, contact Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. Our attorneys are available to discuss your legal options.