A motor vehicle accident caused by a man driving his truck the wrong way on a California freeway led to a nine car pileup with hundreds of motorists stranded as traffic backed up for three miles behind the crash. A total of 11 people were injured, some critically, in the chain-reaction car accident that occurred on a Monday afternoon. The 54-year-old man is facing charges of driving under the influence of methamphetamine. He was given a field sobriety test at the scene.
According to news sources, the man entered the northbound lanes of the 14 Freeway the wrong way, heading south at approximately 85 mph. Reports do not indicate the make or model of the truck he was driving. The man’s truck and a Dodge 2500 pickup collided head on, which prompted a chain-reaction pileup involving seven additional vehicles. Victims were treated for a range of ailments, including minor injuries and pain, compound fractures and broken backs. Three people were critically injured, and they were airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital. Others were transported on the ground to Henry Mayo Hospital in Valencia. The crash occurred south of Escondido Canyon at Vasquez Rocks.
Before striking the Dodge, the man passed a separate car accident and two California Highway Patrol officers who were stopped at that site on the freeway. According to an eye-witness report, he came within an estimated two feet from the first accident before hitting the Dodge. The 54-year-old driver on meth was also injured , suffering lacerations that were treated at a local hospital. He was released to authorities and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending arraignment.
Car accidents on California freeways can happen with little or no warning, and in an instant, those injured due to the negligence of others may be inundated with unexpected medical concerns and financial burdens. Individuals who suffer an injury in a motor vehicle crash may find it beneficial to ask an experienced car accident attorney for assistance in recovering the compensation they may be entitled to.
Source: Hollywood LAist, “Man High On Meth Drives Wrong Way Down Freeway, Causes Multi-Vehicle Pileup,” Lauren Lloyd, June 18, 2013