Two dead, two seriously hurt, after truck hits disabled big rig on I-5

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Two people were killed and another two seriously injured after the truck they were in collided with a big rig which had become disabled on Interstate 5 near Vista Del Lago Wednesday night.

Dead are a 72-year-old man from Lamont and a 19-year-old woman from Tulare. Both were passengers in a 2012 black Toyota Tundra which ran into the back of the disabled big rig.

The driver of the Toyota, identified as a resident of Delano, suffered major injuries, as did a passenger sitting behind him in the back seat.

The crash happened shortly before 8:35 p.m.

“On November 15, 2017 at approximately 2035 hours, Los Angeles Communication Center began receiving 911 calls of a big rig versus a vehicle at the location of northbound I-5, south of Vista Del Lago,” California Highway Patrol Officer J. Escobar wrote in his report.

“Party Number 1, a resident of Delano, CA, was driving a 2012 Toyota Tundra, northbound on I-5, approaching a three Axle Peterbilt truck, which had become disabled in the number two lane,” Escobar wrote.

The “number two” lane is the lane next to the fast lane.

The driver of the big rig, identified as Fabian F. Alberto, 56, of Santa Maria, suffered minor injuries in the collision but was not taken by paramedics to the hospital, according to the CHP.

“Party Number 2, Alberto, was inside of vehicle Number Two,” Escobar wrote.

Preliminary reports show the driver of the Toyota tried to swerve to avoid hitting the big rig, before impact, the front right of the Toyota collided with the rear left of the big rig, according to his report.

“After the collision, life saving measures were performed by Los Angeles County fire to the Toyota driver’s front and rear right side passengers, but they both succumbed to their injuries on scene.

The Toyota driver and his left rear passenger sustained moderate to major injuries, and were transported by AMR and life flight respectively to Henry Mayo Memorial Hospital.

Paramedics arrived at the crash scene at 8:38 p.m., a Fire Department spokesman told The Signal Thursday morning.

“There were four patients,” he said. “Two were DOA (dead on arrival) and two were sent to a local hospital.”

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