A trucker lost his life after he drove off the road and down an embankment
in order to avoid a collision with another vehicle.
The driver of a fully-loaded Peterbilt tractor-trailer was southbound on
Interstate 5 near Santa Clarita when a Bakersfield man in a Lexus apparently
passed the truck and then pulled in front of it without giving the driver
adequate room. To avert a crash, the Peterbilt driver swerved to the right,
and in so doing, lost control of the vehicle which
tumbled down a steep embankment. The vehicle overturned and the injured driver was pinned inside. First
Responders worked feverishly to free him, but he did not survive and was
declared dead at the scene.
None of the names were released.
Truck Driver Citations
This wreck occurred in the extreme southern part of the Grapevine, and
there is a
VC 22407 special speed zone in this area that reduces the speed limit for large
trucks to 35mph, because of the somewhat steep grade. According to the
law, there must be a current traffic survey that justifies the different
speed limit on file, and for various reasons that include budget cuts
and simple neglect, such traffic studies are in short supply these days.
The Grapevine is a traffic enforcement priority because of incidents just
like the one described above. The 35mph is almost impossible to observe,
especially because most trucks have automatic transmissions that make
it harder to downshift. But there’s really no mercy because CHP
officers have received marching orders from above to get the truck traffic
moving slower on the downhill sections, no matter what.
Getting Legal Help
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