Truck and bus accidents often put a great deal of lives in danger as the sizes of vehicles and carrying capacity often means that a great number of people are exposed to risks. The latest big rig accidents in California thankfully did not result in fatal injuries, but injuries nonetheless were reported.
According to a series of news reports, a portion of the southbound Highway 99 in Merced had to be closed for a total of 80 minutes on Tuesday after two accidents involving big rigs happened.
The authorities say that the first accident happened at about 8:16 in the morning just south of the R Street off ramp. The 2015 Freightliner pulling a trailer had been traveling when it crashed into a 2008 Ford F-250. While the 63-year-old driver wasn’t injured, the Ford driver was. The 33-year-old was rushed to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The second accident happened ten minutes later when a big rig pulling two trailers slowed down, being rear-ended by a bobtail truck. After the initial collision, the bobtail truck was then rear-ended by a Honda.
The bobtail truck driver wasn’t injured by the vehicle’s passenger was. The Honda driver and the big rig driver also said they were suffering pain due to the collision but were not willing to get help from the first responders.
After the two accidents snarled traffic, Caltrans issued an alert telling drivers to take on alternative routes.
We are glad that no major injuries were reported in the Merced big rig accidents but hope that officials are investigating the accidents so other Californians are able to learn from these drivers’ mistakes.
We hope that more information is available soon and that victims are receiving the support and help they require in this time of need.
For more on these accidents and how officials dealt with the collisions, follow this link.