Big Rig Driver Dies In 3 Semi Collision After Striking Disabled Truck Along Shoulder
Stockton, California – One truck driver is dead and two more are injured after a 3-truck collision happened Tuesday morning along Highway 99.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident happened at approximately 5:06 a.m. CHP says a 2012 Peterbilt silage truck became disabled and was parked on the shoulder of the northbound lanes along Highway 99.
A 2013 Peterbilt then approached from behind at approximately 55 mph, CHP officials said. As the truck began to reduce speed and change lanes to avoid the silage truck, a 2017 International was also approaching at an undetermined rate of speed, behind the slowing Peterbilt.
CHP said the driver of the International, identified as 36-year-old Modesto resident Pedro Avila, did not slow his speed and collided with the right rear of the Peterbilt’s trailer. Avila’s rig then careened to the right striking the rear of the silage truck.
Avila was pronounced dead on the scene from his injuries in the crash. The driver of the silage truck was in his vehicle at the time it was struck, but CHP confirms he, as well as the other semi driver, only suffered minor injuries.
CHP officials said the silage truck was partially blocking the right lane when it was struck. It took emergency response crews more than 6 hours to clear the vehicles and debris from the collision.
Investigators said they have not yet determined if alcohol or drugs played a role. The investigation is ongoing.