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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.

Multi-vehicle crash kills 1 and injures 3

Authorities report that a chain-reaction collision occurred in California on the evening of Aug 4. Five vehicles were involved, resulting in one death and injuries for three others.

According to police, a 52-year-old man driving southbound on Interstate 405 in a Ford Windstar rear-ended a 2013 Toyota Prius because he did not realize that traffic had stopped. The Prius was pushed into a Volkswagen Passat, which hit a Chevrolet Trailblazer. Finally, the Trailblazer collided with a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder.

2 die in collision with tractor-trailer

Two people died near Fowler Thursday, July 31, in an accident that California Highway Patrol investigators said was caused by an allegedly intoxicated big-rig driver. The semi-truck accident took place at the intersection of Manning and Fowler avenues.

According to reports, a Kenworth truck driven by a 48-year-old Los Angeles man drove into the back of a 2003 Kia passenger car that was stopped at the intersection. The truck then pushed the smaller car through the intersection until it came into contact with a utility pole. The big-rig continued to travel to the east on Manning Avenue and struck a Peterbilt tractor-trailer. From there, the out-of-control truck drove another mile toward the east, stopping near a gas station.

California man drives into outdoor cafe, injures 5

A 90-year-old San Jose man accidentally accelerated into a group of patrons and a person walking down the sidewalk outside a Palo Alto sidewalk cafe while trying to parallel park his 2010 Nissan Versa. The driver and all five accident victims were taken to Stanford Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The accident occurred at around 12:30 p.m. on July 31.

Two men, one in his 30s and the other in his 70s, had serious injuries that required surgery. A man in his 20s and a woman in her 60s suffered scrapes, and one man who was in his 30s had a laceration to the head. The driver also suffered an injury that was believed to be related to the airbag in his vehicle.

Head-on collision leaves 3 dead in Rancho Cucamonga

At approximately 2 a.m. on July 20, the California Highway Patrol started receiving reports of a wrong-way driver in Rancho Cucamonga on the 210 Freeway. A 28-year-old man from La Habra was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of the freeway. As CHP units began positioning themselves to intervene, the man's vehicle collided with a silver Hyundai that contained four people according to a captain with CHP.

The 60-year-old driver of the Hyundai and his 56-year-old wife were seriously injured in the accident and transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center. The wife had been released as of July 21. The two passengers in the backseat of the Hyundai, a 38-year-old woman from Fontana and a 52-year-old woman visiting from London, were killed in the crash. Both women were related to the driver and his wife. The wrong-way driver also died in the wreck.

Highway trucking accident kills 1 and injures several

California Highway Patrol reported that a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 152 killed one person and injured several others on July 21. The highway accident involved a tractor-trailer and eight other vehicles and took place on both the westbound and eastbound lanes of the highway near the Ferguson Road intersection.

Shortly before 5:25 p.m., a 48-year-old man driving a big rig was headed westbound when he approached a line of traffic that was stopped at a red light. Unable to stop his vehicle, the truck driver hit several cars before swerving into the path of eastbound traffic and colliding with several more. As the tractor-trailer lurched into a field, it pulled a sedan with it. The cab of the trailer and the sedan both caught fire.

California woman arraigned in fatal accident

Six people died in an accident on February 9 caused by an allegedly drunk driver who drove the wrong way on the 60 Freeway. On July 17, the 21-year-old woman facing charges in the case was arraigned after multiple delays. Some of the delays were due to medical reasons because the woman had been seriously injured in the crash. She now faces six counts of murder.

Not long before the crash occurred, the California Highway Patrol began receiving reports that a car was traveling the wrong way on the 57 Freeway and then the 60 Freeway. The woman, who was driving a Chevrolet Camaro, hit a Ford Explorer head-on. The woman's two passengers and the four people in the Explorer died.

1 killed, several injured in crash on California highway

A multi-vehicle accident involving a semi-truck killed one man and injured seven others on July 10. Although he was wearing his seat belt, the force of the crash partially ejected the 25-year-old victim from his car. The tractor-trailer also rolled over his vehicle.

The accident happened in the northbound lanes of Highway 17 near the Bear Creek Road exit. Officials said the accident left the highway closed for 10 hours. California Highway Patrol officers said that the semi-truck plowed into the back of a line of vehicles. The crash damaged ten vehicles, and the man who was killed occupied the fifth in the line according to CHP. EMS transported a 37-year-old woman to the hospital with a lacerated liver, and six other people suffered minor injuries.

1 dead, 7 injured in California highway truck crash

A car accident that occurred in Los Gatos on July 10 left a 25-year-old man dead. According to the report, the incident took place in the northbound lanes of Highway 17 near the Lexington Reservoir when a semi-truck collided with 10 other vehicles. Failed brakes might have contributed to the crash, but the owner of the truck stated that a safety check was conducted on the truck the morning of the accident and that the California Highway Patrol had conducted an inspection two weeks prior.

The driver of the semi-truck involved in the crash stated that he was unable to stop his truck when he came upon traffic because of the steepness of the grade, which was approximately 6 percent, and the weight of the two dirt-filled trailers that he was hauling. When he attempted to use the brakes, they emitted smoke and failed to reduce the truck's speed. He stated that his followed his training and steered the truck into the guardrail to try to stop it.

7 injured in California crash

Police suspect that a Tesla involved in a West Hollywood accident that injured multiple people was stolen. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the July 4 incident commenced at about 12:45 a.m., when police responded to a call from a Tesla dealership regarding a stolen car.

Police reportedly pursued the car, reaching speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour, before the Tesla collided with two vehicles on La Brea Avenue. Prior to coming to a stop, the Tesla crashed into a pole, splitting into two pieces and sparking flames that would affect at least half of the Tesla and another vehicle, authorities reported.

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