Car Rear Ends Big Rig Near Vacaville
Car Rear Ends Big Rig Near Vacaville
I’m Ed Smith, a Vacaville personal injury attorney. A little before 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon, a big-rig driver for FedEx was headed east on Interstate 80 between Vacaville and Dixon. He suspected that he had a flat tire somewhere between Leisure Town and Midway Roads and so he pulled off the highway a short distance west of the Meridian Road exit to investigate. He parked his tractor-trailer off of the roadway and onto the shoulder and preliminary reports said he may have put out orange triangles as a precaution.
Driver of Car Tragically Killed on Impact With Disabled FedEx Truck
These measures were not, unfortunately, sufficient safeguards against incident. Not long after the FedEx driver had exited the highway and set up the hazard indications, a man driving a newer Dodge Dart in the slow lane began to let his vehicle drift toward the shoulder for reasons as yet to be determined. Somewhat incredibly, the veering motorist exited the interstate at the precise point at which the big-rig driver had paused for repairs. The driver of the Dodge slammed head-on into the rear of the parked trailer. The collision was remarkably square for an accident, with the entire front end of the Dodge being symmetrically lodged under the end of the container-style trailer. The Dodge was totalled, with the front half shredded into unrecognizability and much of the hood and engine ripped clear off their moorings. Tragically, the driver of the vehicle was killed on the spot. The California Highway Patrol was able to confirm a fatality immediately upon reaching the scene, though first responders arrived at about 2:30 pm and checked the sedan for any other passengers. None were found.
No information was released as to the condition of the operator of the FedEx truck.
Accident Created Significant Debris Along Interstate 80
The accident created significant debris, largely composed of fragments of the shattered sedan. At about 3:20 p.m., the California Highway Patrol issued a traffic alert for the region when some of the cleanup work required the use of an additional lane. Though the lane closure was initially expected to only last for about one hour, it was reported that all lanes at the point of I-80 were not open and back to normal until sometime after 6 p.m., nearly four hours after the time of the accident itself.
Official Cause of Crash Unknown
No other details regarding the place of origin, age, or name of either the FedEx driver or the driver of the Dodge Dart sedan have yet been made available to the public by either the California Highway Patrol or the Solano County coroner’s office. There have also been no reports from any of the relevant agencies regarding the possible cause for the drifting of the Dodge Dart. No mention of intoxication behind the wheel nor mechanical malfunction has been made and the entire incident continues to be investigated.
We extend our condolences to the friends and family of the man who died in this tragic crash.
Crashes Involving Big Rigs Often Fatal
Crashes involving big-rigs and personal automobiles very often end with extremely serious injuries or – as was the case on Monday – death. Such dire ramifications can result even if, as happened in the accident currently being discussed, only one of the vehicles is actually in motion.
It is crucial to have an experienced personal injury attorney investigating the events leading up to a crash. Especially when one of the victims has died and cannot give an account of what happenened. Call and talk to an experienced Vacaville personal injury attorney today for assistance.
Vacaville Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Vacaville personal injury attorney. If you or someone you hold dear has been seriously injured or has tragically passed away in a crash, please call me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice.
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