Two major accidents were reported last Sunday on the San Gabriel Freeway in California.
First, a motorcyclist was the victim of a fatal motorcycle accident. According to California Highway Patrol, the unsuspecting motorcycle rider was hit from behind at about 10 p.m.
The driver of the vehicle that reportedly caused the crash did talk with authorities who were investigating the fatal accident. The scene of the fatality, including two of the fast lanes, was closed for more than two hours for the coroner's office to examine the accident scene.
Just an hour later, and not very far away from the scene of the fatal motorcycle accident, another major car accident occurred. The entire southbound side of the San Gabriel Freeway had to be closed because of this major car crash. This time five vehicles piled up in the crash. Five people were sent to the hospital to be treated for injuries.
Whenever a fatal accident occurs, it is necessary to do a thorough investigation and obtain all of the facts and evidence that may be available so that an accurate determination as to the cause of the accident can be made.
Doing so often means shutting down several lanes, if not all of the lanes at the scene of the accident. When this happens, other drivers on the road must slow down and exercise extreme care when an investigation is ongoing.
Both of these serious accidents remain under investigation. Hopefully, investigators will be able to make a determination as to why the motorcycle rider died and who is to blame for the five-car crash.
Source: Cerritos-Artesia Patch, "Motorcycle Fatality and Five-Car Pile Up Near Cerritos Clogs 605 For More Than Two Hours," Paige Austin, Sept. 26, 2011
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