A whopping 108 vehicles, including 18 big rigs, were involved in a massive pileup on the California 99 Highway in Fresno Saturday that killed at least two people and snarled traffic on one of the state’s major north-south routes, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.
While authorities investigating the crash believe that thick fog and excessive and unsafe speeds by several vehicles were major factors in the crash, police also arrested a 62-year old man on suspicion of drunk driving. This man’s car was reportedly near the front of the pile-up and authorities believe he may have contributed to one of the most horrific chain-reaction crashes in recent times. In fact, officials say it is one of the worst accidents on Highway 99 in the last decade.
Travis Rogers, 26 and an unidentified 5-year-old boy were killed in a separate vehicle, the article said. More than 35 people were transported by paramedics to various local hospitals. It was reportedly chaos on the highway. Many were trapped in their vehicles and had to be extricated. One car slid under a big rig. Hazmat crews were mopping up diesel fuel leaked from all the trucks involved in the crash.
What a nightmare for all the people involved in one of the worse auto accidents of the decade! It must have also been a day from hell for emergency personnel who were scrambling to take injured people to hospitals, clear vehicles from the freeway and mop up the diesel spill.
Officials are even struggling to get a count of how many may be dead or injured in the crash because of its magnitude. Those who have been injured in the crash – even if they consider the injuries to be minor – would be well advised to hire a personal injury attorney, who will conduct a thorough and independent investigation about how the crash occurred.
There are a variety of reasons why these highway crashes occur – dangerous roadways, someone’s negligence, a drunk driver, vehicle malfunction and so on. An experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney will help you with insurance and other issues so you can take of yourself and get better instead of dealing with paper work.
If you or a loved one were injured in this crash or in another auto accident and have questions about how to move forward, call Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys for a free consultation. We may be able to help and if we can’t, we’ll refer you to someone who can.
By: Staff Writer