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Motorist’s unsafe merge sent a semi careening under an overpass


The California Highway Patrol (CHP) says that a car driver’s bad merge maneuver was to blame for a crash in Sacramento on Monday morning.

According to CHP, the crash occurred as the driver of a Chrysler 300 merged onto southbound SR-99 from westbound Florin Road at an unsafe speed.

Police say that due to the unsafe speed, the Chrysler driver lost control and struck a semi truck traveling in the slow lane, “taking out the right front suspension of the big rig which caused it to veer off the right side of the road, taking out about 100 feet of guardrail, before becoming wedged under the Florin Road over crossing.”

Neither driver was hurt.

CHP warned other drivers about the dangers of speeding in a Facebook post detailing the incident.

“Please slow down. For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2019, 9,478 individuals were killed in in traffic collisions involving unsafe speed which accounted for 26% of all traffic fatalities,” police said.


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