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1 dead, 3 injured after accident involving two semi-trucks

On Sep. 19, the California Highway Patrol responded to a fatal semi-truck accident on Highway 299 outside of Round Mountain. According to troopers, the crash happened when a semitrailer traveling east on the roadway entered a curve at an estimated speed of 50 mph, which caused a container of building debris to fall from the truck's flatbed trailer and into the opposite lane. A collision ensued between the first semi-truck and another westbound tractor-trailer, and the 50-year-old male driver of the latter vehicle was killed in the crash.

Authorities did not believe drugs or alcohol contributed to the accident. Both lanes of the highway were reportedly shut down for about nine hours, and a team was dispatched to the scene to clean a gas spill from the roadway.

Teen dead after 3-vehicle crash

During the afternoon of Sept. 13, a motor-vehicle accident happened in Manteca, California, that killed one 16-year-old female and caused serious injuries to her 45-year-old female relative. The latter victim was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento in critical condition.

The fatal car accident occurred on Highway 120 when the 26-year-old male driver of an eastbound Dodge Caravan hit the Mercury Grand Marquis driven by the 45-year-old. The Mercury caught fire after the force of the impact from the Dodge caused it to crash into a Lexus. A news release from the California Highway Patrol said investigators did not believe that drugs or alcohol were factors in the wreck, but authorities reported the van was traveling too fast for the slow traffic conditions at the time.

Head-on collision kills 1 on California freeway

Police report that a fatal two-car collision near Petaluma left one motorist dead and two others injured. The accident occurred just before noon on state Highway 116.

According to the report, an 83-year-old man operating a northbound Lexus at an estimated speed of 55 miles per hour collided head-on with a southbound BMW after the elderly man suddenly swerved into the opposite lane of the freeway. The crash, which occurred near Browns Lane, claimed the life of the Lexus driver. Authorities declared him dead at the scene. A 56-year-old female passenger in the Lexus was moderately injured.

California trucker detained in fatal hit-and-run accident

A motorist is dead and a 40-year-old semi-trailer driver is facing charges following a two-vehicle accident shortly after midnight in Ontario on Sept. 11. According to a report, the fatal crash was believed to have been caused by intoxicated driving.

According to police, the motorist died from injuries sustained after a man operating a semi-truck suddenly swerved and drove into the path of his sedan. Instead of stopping to help the victim, the truck driver allegedly continued eastbound on 60 Freeway where he crashed into a concrete barrier at an on-ramp. At this point, the man supposedly left his truck and walked down the highway for approximately a mile before police discovered and detained him near the Milliken Avenue on-ramp.

California car crash kills cyclist

A fatal car accident reportedly took place at an intersection in Huntington Beach around 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 1. According to police, the collision occurred when a 51-year-old male driver struck a 55-year-old man who was riding a motorized bicycle. The results of a preliminary investigation indicate that both drivers were proceeding southbound when the accident occurred.

Officers arrived to find the cyclist suffering from injuries that were described as critical. Paramedics transported him to UCI Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. The driver was interviewed by police and detained on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

U-Haul crashes into limo and injures 12 people

On Sept. 2, the California Highway Patrol reported that 12 people were injured when a U-Haul truck collided with a limo. The motor vehicle accident happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. on a rural section of road northeast of Reedley. A Cadillac limousine with 12 occupants and a long U-Haul truck were the only two vehicles involved in the crash.

According to CHP, the limo was headed eastbound along Lincoln Avenue prior to the accident. When the vehicle came to a stop sign at the intersection of Englehart Avenue, it was struck by a southbound traveling U-Haul. The U-Haul driver had apparently drifted off the road before colliding with the rear driver's side of the limo.

3 killed in multi-vehicle crash

According to the California Highway Patrol, three people were killed by a multi-vehicle accident that occurred in Caruthers on Aug. 28. Investigators claim the accident was caused by an Apria Healthcare truck that drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Floral and Elm. A witness at the scene told officers that the Apria truck was headed westbound on Floral when it ran the stop sign and smashed into a minivan.

Police say the initial impact spun the minivan around until it collided with a Chevrolet Avalanche, which then crashed into a Nissan Cube. Three occupants inside the minivan were killed almost instantly by the impact of the collision. The only surviving occupant from the minivan had been ejected from the vehicle during the collision. The witness said he tried to console the man until emergency crews arrived. Three occupants inside the Nissan were brought to the hospital to receive medical treatment for their injuries.

California suspected DUI crash injures 4

Authorities report that a two-vehicle accident in La Jolla around 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 left two adults and two children injured. Firefighters had to cut one man out of his vehicle before an ambulance could transport him to Scripps La Jolla for medical treatment. The other driver and her two children were also taken to local hospitals, where they were treated for minor injuries.

According to local police, the car accident occurred when the 44-year-old male driver lost control of his vehicle at a curve in the road and struck the female SUV driver. A witness said she observed the man running two red lights just prior to the accident. At the time of the report, police continued to investigate the crash. They believed that the man may have been driving while under the influence.

Drunk driver suspected as cause in 8-car crash that injured 10

According to San Jose police, a Mercedes traveling at high speeds caused a fiery crash during the evening hours of August 17. The crash involving eight cars left 10 individuals injured. Police arrested the male driver of the Mercedes on charges of driving drunk at the time of the accident.

The chain reaction collision occurred around 9:28 p.m. near Capitol Expressway on Ocala Avenue when a speeding eastbound Mercedes ran through the intersection's red light, broadsided a car and then smashed into several other cars as it rolled over a number of times, police said. The Mercedes driver then fled the scene after the car came to rest in the roadway's westbound lane, leaving three occupants trapped inside the burning vehicle. Police, along with rescue crews, extinguished the fire and rescued the three individuals from the car.

California teen killed in a head-on crash on the 210-Freeway

A fatal accident occurred on Aug. 9 in Azusa when a 1997 Honda Accord traveling the wrong way on the freeway ran head-on into a 1992 Nissan. The 19-year-old driver of the Nissan died at the scene. He was from El Monte, and his 16-year-old girlfriend, who suffered injuries in the wreck, was transported to County-USC Medical Center. There was no further word on the extent of the girl's injuries.

This car accident happened in the westbound lanes of the freeway around 3:30 a.m. The two occupants of the Honda left the scene on foot, but police found the individuals two hours later and took both into custody. A California Highway Patrol spokesperson reported that the 24-year-old driver of the wrong-way vehicle was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and he was arrested.

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