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3 dead following fatal car accident in California

Three people were killed in a tragic accident on Interstate 5, police have confirmed. The California Highway Patrol has issued a report about the fatal car accident, which also left others injured. So far, they have not filed criminal charges against any drivers involved in the accident, but their investigation is ongoing at this time. 

According to the accident report, a man was driving his vehicle southbound on I-5 around 5:20 p.m. when he attempted to leave the highway via an eastbound ramp. The man veered his vehicle in an attempt to return to the highway and consequently struck a barrier near the ramp. For reasons that have not been articulated, the damaged car moved from the right shoulder over to the left lane of the freeway, where it was struck by another vehicle.

The resulting collision caused the first car to catch fire, killing the driver. Two passengers in the other vehicle, a man and a woman in their 80s, were also pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the second vehicle, a 65-year-old woman, was taken to a local hospital with injuries described as moderate. 

Given the driver materially responsible for this fatal car accident was among those killed in the crash, there will be no formal criminal charges filed by California police against that individual. However, it may yet be possible that the driver of the second vehicle could face charges for careless driving, depending on the results of the investigation. In any case, the families of the deceased are entitled under state law to file wrongful death lawsuits against any party or parties whose negligence is deemed to have caused or substantially contributed to the deadly accident. 

Source: fox5sandiego.com, “3 killed in fiery crash on I-5 in Oceanside,” Dec. 25, 2017

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