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Clearlake Area Trucking Collision Causes Critical Injuries

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials stated that a non-fatal vehicle accident left three people with injuries on the morning of Tuesday, April 16, 2019. According to responders, two people suffered minor trauma while one individual was critically injured during the crash. The collision involved three vehicles including a large semi-truck and happened in a rural area along Clear Lake between Nice and Lucerne. CHP says that their investigators are currently looking into what factors may have been responsible for the crash.

Truck Accident Injures Woman Near Merced

A woman suffered injuries in a recent truck accident involving two large commercial trucks near Merced. The incident occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. along the southbound lanes of Highway 99, just north of Applegate Road. A woman from Atwater was driving her 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV southbound along Highway 99 when she was involved in a crash with a big rig. Officials said the collision caused a second tractor-trailer to strike the rear of the Chevrolet. This propelled the SUV over the western side of the highway and down an embankment. The two drivers of the big rigs were uninjured in the crash while the woman driving the Chevrolet complained of pain. It is unknown whether she was hospitalized for her injuries.

Fatal Big Rig Collision in Elk Grove

A fatal big rig collision occurred near Elk Grove on March 28 when a semi went off Interstate 5 South and hit a tree. The accident happened close to Twin Cities Road at about 10:30 in the morning. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) was called to the scene and reported that one individual died in the accident. The solo crash blocked traffic to Hood-Franklin Road as the number two lane was closed to allow emergency vehicles to reach the accident site. Shortly after noon, the CHP was advising motorists to use alternate routes. I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of the deceased in their time of sorrow.

Multivehicle Crash Involving Big Rig Near Pleasant Grove

A multivehicle crash occurred on March 29 near Sankey Road on Highway 99. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that the accident involved seven vehicles. It started when a car heading south on the highway entered the northbound lanes and collided with a pickup. A big rig, traveling north on 99, also struck the pickup, which caught on fire. A third crash occurred in the southbound lanes, resulting in minor injuries. Traffic was halted for hours as the accident was cleared from the scene. The road reopened at about 10:00 a.m.

Merced County Truck Accident Fatality

A Merced County truck accident fatality occurred on the evening of March 2 along Highway 165 and Crane Avenue, just south of Hilmar. An elderly man was driving a 2008 Lexus sedan along the highway when the driver of a 2013 Peterbilt big rig hauling milk reportedly pulled into the intersection. The Lexus driver was unable to react in time to avoid a collision and struck the left front tires of the milk truck, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Sadly, the driver of the Lexus passed away at the scene. The decedent has been identified by the Merced County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office as 82-year-old Frederick Gleason of Stevinson. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of Mr. Gleason during this difficult time.

Jackknifed Truck Accident on Eastbound U.S. 50

A jackknifed truck accident occurred in Sacramento on March 5 along eastbound U.S. 50, resulting in an injury. The accident caused the closure of several lanes at the Stockton Boulevard overpass for a number of hours. The collision happened at about 6:23 in the morning when the truck driver lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons, striking the concrete barrier. The accident damaged a road sign and guardrail, while one of the truck’s axles fell from the highway down onto Stockton Boulevard. Debris from the accident struck a fence, causing damage, as well as being strewn across the roadway. Hazmat crews were called in to clean up about 60 gallons of diesel fuel that was spilled.

A truck accident involving four vehicles near Modesto left two parties injured on the morning of March 4, 2019. The incident occurred around 4:00 in the morning along the northbound lanes of Highway 99. A pickup truck hauling a trailer carrying two race cars reportedly failed to slow down in time upon approaching a construction zone. The pickup rear-ended a slowed milk truck and collided with two other vehicles. The impact of the collision caused the pickup to veer onto the right shoulder and erupt in flames. The motorist of the milk truck sustained minor injuries in the crash, according to authorities. The pickup truck driver, identified as a part-time driver for NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, suffered a possible femur fracture and a broken arm. Officials have not yet released an update regarding the conditions of those injured.

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Merced County Truck Crash Fatality

A Merced County truck crash fatality occurred on the evening of March 2 along Highway 165 in the vicinity of Crane Avenue, just south of Hilmar. The collision involved a sedan and a big rig, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The roadway was shut down for several hours while the road was cleared and CHP investigated. Sadly, one person passed away in the accident. Officials have not yet released the identity of the decedent due to pending family notification. I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathies to the loved ones of the decedent during this difficult time.

Tractor-Trailer Overturns in Fairfield

Officers of Solano area California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that a trucking accident took place on a local highway on Thursday, February 21, 2019. The accident involved a big-rig truck and reportedly blocked traffic for hours during the early afternoon commute times. Thankfully, CHP has reported that nobody suffered injuries during this accident and that no additional vehicles were involved in the collision. The suspected causes of the crash have not been reported by investigators. While nobody was harmed during this crash, trucking accidents can be very dangerous and this collision serves as a reminder of how highway trucking accidents can happen at any time.

Big Rig Fire on Northbound Interstate 5

A big rig fire on February 15 along northbound Interstate 5 resulted in the closure of the right lane for over six hours. The big rig apparently caught on fire sometime around 4:30 in the morning and was quickly engulfed in flames. The northbound lane was closed between Hood Franklin and Lambert roads, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) logs. Sacramento fire personnel quickly arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire.