3 Dead In Collision With Big Rig Parked On Shoulder As Trucker Sleeps
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Emeryville, California – For the second time this week, a fatal crash involving a big rig parked along the shoulder of a California interstate has a trucker under investigation.
According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) a tractor-trailer was parked along the shoulder of westbound I-80 early Thursday morning. At approximately 1:30 a.m. authorities say an SUV carrying a family of four from San Pablo plowed into the rear of the big rig.
CHP confirmed three of the four people inside the SUV died on the scene. Officials said the deceased ranged in age from 17 to 26-years-old and have been identified only as a man and two women.
The remaining survivor from the SUV was a 17-year-old boy. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of life-threatening issues and remains in serious condition, according to police.
CHP said the truck driver was uninjured in the crash and was sleeping at the time his tractor-trailer was struck. Authorities said California law allows for big rigs to park along the shoulder in “emergency” situations only.
An investigation is ongoing to determine if the trucker was illegally parked or if it was an emergency situation, police said. Investigators believe speed and wet roads were factors in the crash.
This is a developing story and Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow it.
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