The California Highway Patrol is reporting that one driver was killed this morning in a multiple vehicle accident. Two other drivers sustained serious injuries. The chain-reaction accident occurred just after eight o'clock this morning.
On busy California interstates it is not uncommon that an initial collision between two cars leads to a broader crash involving more vehicles. It may be that a driver who was going to fast or following too closely is unable to slow down in time to avoid other cars that have stopped due to the initial crash. In other cases the congestion of the cars and trucks on the highways simply makes the crash scene so crowded that many vehicles are struck in a single continuous crash. In the case it appears the crash began when a semi truck when a semi truck braked suddenly while trying to avoid another big rig.
According to local news reports, the semi slammed on the brakes but apparently jackknifed his trailer. The truck and trailer then struck a number of other vehicles including a Dodge, a Jaguar, a Toyota, and another semi truck. The driver of the Dodge, who was reportedly wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, was killed in the collision.
In crashes that involve several vehicles determining who actually caused the accident and is potentially liable for the damages involved can be a difficult task. Accident reconstruction experts are often required to piece together the string of events that lead up to the crash.
Source: MyDesert.com, "All eastbound lanes of I-10 at Jefferson Street in Indio now open," Mar. 9, 2012