The California Highway Patrol is working to determine why a truck driver lost control of her rig, crossing over into oncoming traffic and causing a crash that killed two women.
— Ashley Matthews (@ashleyNBC7) August 2, 2017
Double Fatality Crash Under Investigation
The crash happened yesterday around 2:30 p.m. on SR 125 in La Mesa. According to police, a semi was transitioning from I-8 to southbound SR 125 when it suddenly veered off of the road for unknown reasons. The truck crashed through a metal barrier before entering the northbound lanes of SR 125, crashing into a concrete barrier and then hitting a Chevy Aveo. The semi and the Aveo then crashed into a Kia Sorento.
The two women the Aveo died as a result of the crash. Four people in the Sorento were hurt, including a six year old girl who suffered a broken neck and spinal injuries. The girl’s mother says that she might not walk again.
— #NBC7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) August 3, 2017
The semi truck driver and a male passenger who was asleep at the time of the crash were taken to the hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. According to CHP, “One of our investigating officers is at the hospital, once driver involved is evaluated by medical personnel, he’s going to conduct full DUI evaluation on the driver to make sure drugs or alcohol were not involved.”
Police also speculate that speed could have been a factor in the crash. Investigators will be examining the driver’s log book to make sure she was not in violation of hours of service regulations.
The incident caused severe traffic congestion in the area though the evening rush hour.
— 10News (@10News) August 3, 2017