Officials with the California Highway Patrol report that one man is dead following an accident involving a truck towing a trailer and a semi-truck in Stockton on Oct. 31. No one else was injured in the fatal semi-truck accident.
According to the report, the crash transpired on the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 and on Highway 4 of the Crosstown Freeway when the operator of a truck that was towing a trailer suddenly lost the ability to control the truck and smashed into a semitrailer. The force of the collision sent the semitrailer plummeting off highway's northbound lanes and into an embankment where it struck a tree head-on. The driver of the semitrailer died from the injuries he suffered in the crash. It was not clear if the driver died at the scene or if the driver was first taken to a nearby hospital. The other driver involved was not hurt.
Authorities who responded to the scene shut down I-5's northbound lanes and Highway 4's westbound lanes while crews cleared the roadway and investigators worked to determine the cause of the wreck. Troopers believe that wet roads from the rain could have played a role in the accident. Police did not disclose the names of the injured victims; neither had they filed any charges against the driver involved in the accident. Moreover, it was not reported if any of the motorists were wearing seat belts.
Accidents involving large vehicles such as semi-trucks can easily cause catastrophic, life-threatening injuries to those involved. In the event a person dies in an accident caused by an inattentive, fatigued or careless truck driver, the decedent's family or representative might consider filing a wrongful death claim in order to hold the driver liable for their accident-related losses. Official documentation such as police reports and witness statements may be presented as evidence in the case.
Source: KCRA, "Lanes reopen after deadly crash on Stockton's Crosstown Freeway", Shawn Brouwer, October 31, 2014
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