One Person Airlifted after Multi-Vehicle Crash near County Road 22
WOODLAND, CA (June 16, 2018) – Several people were hospitalized early Saturday morning following a multi-car accident on Interstate 5.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision was started by a Chevrolet Corvette at around 3:05 AM near County Road 22. Witnesses claimed that the driver of the Corvette was traveling over 80 mph before rear-ending a truck on the southbound Interstate 5.
The impact of the collision caused the truck with a forklift attached, to puncture an adjacent guardrail. The Corvette became engulfed in flames, which were controlled by fire personnel. The CHP also reported that approximately 50 gallons of diesel fuel leaked out of the truck onto the highway, complicating the cleanup process.
The driver of the Corvette sustained severe injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital, while the truck driver was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center with serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries. Investigators are still trying to determine if the Corvette driver was under the influence at the time of the collision.
Four hours later, traffic was still affected by the temporary road closures. A southbound tractor-trailer, which was reportedly seen speeding, failed to observe the slowing traffic ahead when it plowed through multiple vehicles. Investigators confirmed that a total of ten vehicles were involved in the multiple-car collision. It took emergency personnel approximately three hours to investigate and clear the damaged vehicles and debris.
One female victim sustained serious injuries and was also transported to the UC Davis Medical Center for treatment and evaluation. Seven other people also suffered minor injuries, but it was unknown if they were hospitalized or treated.
Drugs and alcohol were ruled out as factors in the second collision. Authorities stated that unsafe speed and the inattentiveness of the tractor-trailer’s driver were being investigated as the possible causes in the incident. Anyone who wishes to provide additional information about the collisions is urged to call the Woodland CHP Office at (530) 662-4685.
When driving on the highway, it is important to remain alert and aware at all times. By driving carefully and following the rules of the road, dangerous accidents can be prevented. Keep yourself and others safe by paying attention to your surroundings and driving defensively.
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