Trucker’s Speed Caused Deadly Pile-up in Tunnel
Posted on February 11th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
Fiery Freeway Tunnel Crash Involved Many Cars and Trucks
Originally, when a semi-truck driver caused a chain reaction collision in the 5 Freeway tunnel in California in 2007- causing three fatalities and 23 injuries- prosecutors did not file vehicular manslaughter charges because a report claimed that the truck had a faulty right-front brake. The California Highway Patrol (CHP)investigated the accident and initially stated that the leaking wheel-bearing seal on the steer axle reduced braking efficiency, which could have caused an imbalance when the driver hit his brakes.
Since prosecutors found that the semi-truck driver’s employer was responsible for the truck’s maintenance, they did not feel it was necessary to press charges against the truck driver. However, in a newly released report by the California Highway Patrol, further investigation uncovered evidence that the driver was driving in excess of 65 mph on the rain-slick freeway. The speed limit was 55 mph. This new finding has the CHP convinced that the driver’s speeding caused the truck’s initial loss of control, not the brakes. As a result, the truck crashed into a concrete barrier, causing a multiple car collision, which killed a 6-year-old boy and two adults.
CHP officials state that the brake system may have been a contributing factor as a defective product, but not the cause of the accident. So far, the district attorney’s office claims it has not filed any charges against the truck driver.
Semi-trucks can cause some of the worst and most dangerous auto accidents on the roads. Due to their size and inability to stop quickly, motorists often pay a heavy price for a truck driver’s mistakes. If you have been in an semi-truck accident where a truck driver or truck company is at fault, do not hesitate to contact a Truck Accident Attorney today! The legal team at The Cagle Law Firm in St. Louis handles truck accident cases all over Missouri and Illinois, fighting successfully for the compensation our clients deserved.