On March 3rd of this year two women were killed when a big rig crashed through a center divider on an Industry, California freeway and ended up on the wrong side of the freeway according to authorities.
The accident happened at about 1:40 in the morning as the big rig made its way from the transition road on southbound San Gabriel (605) Freeway to the westbound 60 Freeway when the rig crashed through the median. The truck collided with a silver Nissan Sentra, setting it on fire and trapping the two females inside according to Francisco Villalobos, a California Highway Patrol Officer.
Several motorists left their cars and tried to assist the women who appeared to be in their late 40′s. The women were reportedly sisters. Drivers attempted to pull the two women from the car unsuccessfully, and according to Villalobos they were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the big rig was not seriously injured, but was transported to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries suffered in the crash.
It took over 7 hours for the wreckage and other debris to be removed from the road, and investigators examined the scene before lanes were reopened at approximately 8:30 a.m. At the time of the crash, it was not known what caused the big rig to crash through the median.
While it isn’t known whether the driver was at fault in the crash or exactly what happened to cause the big rig to plow through the center median, it is tragic that two sisters who were still young lost their lives in the wreckage.
Speed could have been a factor, or the driver may have lost control, fallen asleep at the wheel or even been overly tired and not alert until it was too late. There are many things that can come in to play in an accident involving a big truck, but all too often those in smaller vehicles pay the price, either through serious injuries or even death, just as this tragedy proved.
There are many safe drivers of big rigs on the road, but there are just as many who are careless. Big trucks are dangerous, and often cause catastrophic accidents.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an Semi or 18 wheeler accident caused by a big rig, contact the O’Connor Law Firm of Kansas City, Missouri