A serious collision involving a big-rig truck and a passenger car sent several people to the hospital on May 1, according to police. The California Highway Patrol responded to the motor vehicle accident that shut down Highway 405 for hours. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and so far, police have not filed charges against anyone involved.

The report states that a big-rig truck was headed northbound on 405 when it crashed into a passenger car, causing the truck to crash through the center divider and spill concrete onto the southbound lanes. The driver of the truck claims another vehicle cut him off, causing him to crash. The passenger vehicle was crushed under the truck, with its driver stuck inside for some time.

Several witnesses rushed to help the trapped man, as the wreckage had begun to burn. Their efforts led to the man being freed, though he suffered burns over 80 percent of his body. He is expected to survive, as are the other two passengers in the car who were injured in the crash; one was seriously hurt while the other escaped with only minor injuries. It appears the driver of the truck was unhurt.

Depending on the outcome of the investigation into this motor vehicle accident, California authorities may choose to file charges against one or more drivers involved. There will be a careful accounting of the truck driver’s reactions to being allegedly cut off, and if there is any question as to whether he contributed to the crash through recklessness or negligence, the injured parties may be in a position to file civil personal injury suits against him. The company that owns the truck may also be liable in this case.

Source: abc7.com, “Truck-car crash on 405 leads to fiery wreck in Sepulveda Pass“, Melissa MacBride, May 1, 2018