Another fatal accident took a life along a California roadway, this time in the area of Santa Barbara County.
This particular incident took place Friday night at around 9:30 pm. A Pontiac was headed west along Highway 166, and a Kenworth big rig carrying 15,000 pounds of strawberries was going east along the same roadway. When the two vehicles reached the area west of Wasioja Road, the Pontiac allegedly drifted into the oncoming lanes and the two vehicles collided head on.
As a result of the crash, the tractor trailer went careening off the road. It traveled through a fence and plowed into a field that ran alongside the freeway. The driver of that big rig was reportedly uninjured as a result of the crash.
Unfortunately, the driver of the Pontiac was not as lucky. That person sustained injuries that proved to be fatal and died at the scene of the accident. According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash forced officials to shut down the highway for about six hours. It wasn’t reopened until about 3:30 in the morning on Saturday.
Being a personal injury attorney in Sacramento, my heart goes out to the family of the person killed in this crash. Roads can be dangerous, especially at night when vision might be compromised. I hope as a Sacramento car accident lawyer that everyone out there always pays close attention to their environment in order to avoid disaster.