The California Highway Patrol reported that a major collision involving two semitrailers and a car occurred at 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 7. The wreck was located near Le Grand on the southbound lanes of Highway 29. Officers from the Merced station responded to the accident scene.
The two trucks were traveling next to one another on the highway. A 42-year-old man was driving a 1999 Kenworth in the second lane, while a 63-year-old man was driving a 2012 Feightliner big rig in the first lane. Both truck drivers were traveling at 55 mph. Allegedly, the 42-year-old man suddenly moved over into the first lane, striking the 2012 Freightliner before moving back into the second lane. The Freightliner's driver then reportedly lost control, his truck turning sideways before overturning.
When the Kenworth's driver re-entered the second lane, he allegedly struck a 1998 Saturn being driven in the lane by a 42-year-old man. The driver of the Freightliner truck suffered serious injuries while the other truck driver and the car's driver both suffered minor ones. The Freightliner's driver was transported by emergency personnel to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto for treatment. Both lanes were closed for several hours while troopers investigated and cleaned up the scene. Additionally, a nearby rail track was also closed as debris from the collision landed on the tracks.
Drivers who cause accidents and serious injuries may be civilly liable to those injured because of their negligent or inattentive driving. Victims may be able to recover damages for all pecuniary losses that occurred because of the accident. A person in such a situation may wish to speak with a personal injury attorney who may be able to identify potential claims and file a lawsuit on their behalf.
Source: The Fresno Bee, "Two separate big rig crashes reported in Merced County", October 07, 2014
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