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Truck accident shuts down California freeway for hours

It did not take long for the traffic to become congested around the scene of an accident that took place on a California freeway recently. Police turned around drivers, and others attempted to find their own routes through the surrounding neighborhoods as authorities investigated and cleaned up a truck accident that left numerous people injured and one person dead. The section of freeway was closed for several hours.

Preliminary reports indicate that two tractor-trailers and a minivan were involved in the crash. From what officials have pieced together so far, traffic in front of the vehicles had either slowed or come to a stop. One driver apparently failed to notice, and the big rig slammed into one or both of the other vehicles.

All of the occupants in the minivan that was hit suffered a variety of injuries. One individual was killed. Five people's injuries were considered to be moderate, and the injuries of two others were critical.

The individuals who suffered critical injuries had to be moved twice before reaching an area hospital -- they were first transported from the site of the crash to the Santa Monica Pier and there they were put onto a helicopter. The current conditions of all seven of the minivan's survivors are not known. Neither truck driver suffered significant injuries.

When the authorities complete their investigation, charges may be filed against the party deemed at fault for this truck accident. In the meantime, the injured victims and the family of the deceased minivan occupant retain the right to file civil actions in an attempt to recover damages allowed under California law in these situations. The truck driver and his employer could be held liable for those damages if negligence is proved to the satisfaction of the court.

Source: smdp.com, "Deadly accident snarls freeway traffic", Matthew Hall, June 6, 2014

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