Two families in the San Francisco Bay area were devastated after two mothers and four children were killed in an accident on Interstate 5 near Los Angeles. The children were only two, three, four and five years old, respectively.
The mothers and children were reportedly riding in a minivan near Gorman, a community about 60 miles north of Los Angeles. While they were driving, a semi-truck going about 55 miles per hour collided with the vehicle from behind, forcing it off the road and into an embankment. The vehicle quickly burst into flames. Both of the fathers were in the driver’s and passenger seats and were attempting to free their families when responders arrived.
Responders were unable to save the lives of the victims, as the fire was burning too hot and fast for extinguishers to put it out quickly. The two men suffered serious burns from trying to get their families out of the car, and they were both flown to a hospital for treatment. The accident remains under investigation.
Drivers expected to be vigilant
This auto accident happened when the minivan was partially in the right lane after being involved in a minor collision on the interstate. As they were getting back on the road, the truck reportedly came up and slammed into the vehicle from behind.
All motorists are expected to be vigilant on the road at all times, noticing when vehicles are stopped or slowing down and then stopping and slowing to ensure their safety. By failing to notice the situation in the right lane, the truck driver could be considered responsible for the accident that ultimately killed six people.
If you or a loved one has suffered significant injuries in an auto accident, consult an experienced San Diego attorney with Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.