Speed Blamed for Tragic Truck Crash

Santa Monica, California

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced today that the big rig driver responsible for last Friday’s fatal crash in Santa Monica was carrying too much speed into a blind curve. “The cause of this collision is under investigation, however, speed is believed to be a factor,” the CHP report says.

A two-year-old boy was killed and a 17-year-old boy sustained critical injuries in the crash, which involved a big rig, a minivan, and a flatbed truck. Two adults and three other children in the minivan sustained injuries. The crash happened at around 12:35 p.m. in the McClure Tunnel, which connects Pacific Coast Highway and Interstate 10.

The CHP’s accident report says the 23-year-old big rig driver approached a blind curve in the tunnel carrying too much speed and failed to recognize slowed traffic in front of him. He sideswiped the minivan and rear-ended the flatbed truck. According to Westside Today, the two-year-old and the 17-year-old were airlifted to UCLA Medical Center in the aftermath of the crash, where the toddler was later pronounced dead.

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