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.
While the truck driver was pulled to safety, the driver of the burning sedan died at the scene. Three other drivers suffered major injuries, and at least one person was transported to the hospital by helicopter. Other drivers involved in the crash suffered from minor and moderate injuries. The truck driver was not arrested, and police don't believe that alcohol or drugs were factors in the accident.
People who have been injured in a truck accident often decide to file a personal injury complaint to seek compensation for their injuries. Before filing a claim, an accident injury attorney may be able to help determine what factors caused the crash. Whether the accident was the result of an equipment failure or a driver's negligence, an attorney may be able to help the injured victims to build a strong case against the liable parties.
Source: Contra Costa Times, "Gilroy: CHP investigates 8-car rig crash that kills motorist and forced overnight closure of Highway 152", Robert Salonga and Joe Rodriguez, July 22, 2014
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