Four people were injured in a truck accident in San Diego on November 3, according to NBC News. A tanker truck collided with multiple vehicles on Interstate 15 in Escondido. According to reports from the California Highway Patrol, traffic on the interstate began to slow down due to a backed-up off ramp. The truck driver—identified as a 47-year-old Escondido resident—reported seeing the traffic slow but was unable to stop the truck in time.
The driver applied the brakes but was not able to avoid collision. The truck rear-ended a Chevrolet Malibu, which became wedged beneath the tanker truck. The truck proceeded to strike two more vehicles before coming to a rest. The sedan caught on fire, and the Escondido Fire Department had to extinguish the flames before pulling the driver out of the car. He was transported to the University of California-San Diego Medical Center with very serious injuries.
A thorough investigation of this accident is necessary to determine if the trucks’ brakes malfunctioned or if this was simply caused by driver error. It is suspicious that the driver did not notice the backed-up traffic in time to come to a stop. Was this possibly a case of distracted driving? Please visit our website for more information and contact our firm for a free consultation.
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