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Fatal California car accident kills 1, injures another

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As reported by the California Highway Patrol, an accident involving a pickup and a tow truck left one man dead and another critically injured. The incident took place on Jan. 17 on Route 78 in San Marcos after a 43-year-old man called the tow truck company for assistance changing a flat tire on his Nissan. The man was parked on a freeway by Nordahl Road when the two tow trucks were dispatched.

When the tow truck drivers arrived just after 7 a.m., a male pickup truck driver lost control and slammed into one of the tow trucks, its driver and then the immobile car. He also struck the second tow truck driver who was on scene, followed by the truck. At the time of reporting, it was unclear why the 52-year-old driver of the 2003 Ford F-250 crossed into their path; he was uninjured in the accident.

The older tow truck driver was killed quickly due to the impact, and the other tow truck driver was transported to a local hospital and treated for multiple fractures, a broken leg and critical internal injuries. The driver of the Nissan had been inside his vehicle when the truck slammed into it. He was treated for cuts and abrasions.

Pedestrian accidents can easily result in fatalities because individuals on the road do not have a vehicle to shield them from the full effects of the collision. If the family of a deceased victim needs help in paying for funeral expenses or struggles to make up for lost wages as a result of the car accident, they might choose to consult an attorney to assist in recovering damages from the responsible driver.

Source: ABC 10 News, "Pickup truck hits, kills tow truck driver; another severely hurt," Jan. 17, 2015

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