CHP: Tractor Trailer Driver Fails To Slow; Pile-Up Kills One

A tractor trailer on Highway 99 in Modesto has been identified by California Highway Patrol investigators as one factor in a pile-up that included five vehicles and led to one death.

CHP officer Jon Peregoy outlined the events for the Sacramento Bee:

All six vehicles were in the highway’s right lane. Peregoy said the five passenger vehicles slowed for an unknown reason.

He said the big rig, which was traveling behind the other vehicles, failed to stop in time and struck the rear of the Nissan [Frontier]. The Nissan was pushed into the other vehicles.

The big rig and the Nissan veered to the left across the two other lanes and came to a stop in the highway’s center divide. A Chevrolet Silverado pickup overturned and came to rest on its roof in the center divide.

The male driver of the Nissan truck died at the scene, according to the report, and five others were injured. In addition to the traffic from the turmoil of the scene, a tractor trailer jackknifed because of the sharp decrease in speed due to the traffic and lane blockages.

Although initial investigations do not necessarily have the same conclusions as the final accident reports from the CHP, motorists should know that if they are harmed or injured by the carelessness of others, they may have the ability to seek damages.

[Image: Jason Bain via Flickr]