Dana Point, California — October 24, 2013
A semi was involved in a major accident on Interstate 5 in Dana Point on Thursday according to state troopers.
The California Highway Patrol said that the semi was northbound on I-5 when it crossed the center divider at approximately 12:10 p.m. near Exit 78 (Camino De Estrella). The semi then hit five other vehicles, trapping one underneath the semi.
Officials confirmed that at least nine people were injured in the accident, including a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old, but no names were released. The victims were taken to San Clemente’s Saddleback Memorial Medical Center for treatment.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that more than 500,000 semis and large commercial vehicles were involved in traffic crashes in 2010. Those accidents resulted in injuries to more than 100,000 people and more than 5,000 deaths.
UPDATE: Authorities believe the trucker, Judy Doyle of Chino Hills, was cut off by another vehicle. Ms. Doyle turned sharply to avoid a collision and crashed.
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