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3-car crash kills 1, injures 5

The California Highway Patrol reported that a car accident that occurred on Aug. 13 left one person dead and five with injuries. The crash occurred on Highway 88 and Waterloo Road in Stockton at about 2:30 p.m., resulting in the closing of the roadway for almost two hours.

Authorities said that it appeared that a Nissan Altima was traveling west when it crossed into oncoming traffic. It collided with a GMC Sierra pickup truck. A Ford Tauras that was traveling east behind the pickup collided into the back end of the truck. The driver of the Altima died at the scene of the crash. The Altima's front passenger suffered injuries that were described as critical. The two occupants of the GMC truck were also critically injured. Two other in the Ford complained of pain to the authorities but it was not known if they were transported to a hospital.

Car accidents can have many causes. Some crashes are caused by drivers who become distracted or are too fatigued to be driving and fall asleep at the wheel. Some motorists are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Others suffer medical conditions or simply lose control of the vehicle when driving too fast for road or weather conditions. Regardless of why the accident occurred, others who are involved can suffer serious, debilitating injuries that have a major impact on their lives.

Those who were injured in a car collision could seek compensation for their losses, even if the driver responsible for the crash did not survive. A personal injury attorney could assist an injured victim by negotiating a settlement with the decedent's insurance company or pursuing a lawsuit against the late driver's estate.

Source: Record Net, "1 killed, 5 injured in head-on crash on Highway 88", Joe Goldeen, Aug. 13, 2017

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