Two People Killed in Deadly Tractor Trailer Accidents in Texas and California

Two people were killed in tractor trailer accidents in Texas and California.Two people were killed when the vehicles they were riding in collided with tractor trailers in Texas and California.

In Texas, an unidentified female driver died at the scene of a fiery crash on Interstate 35 in San Antonio when her car became wedged under a big rig which was carrying fireworks, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Officials told the news agency that the woman was traveling north on the interstate around 6 p.m. on July 15 when she apparently tried to merge into a lane and collided with the 18-wheeler, which then caught on fire upon impact near the AT&T Center exit.

Five passengers in the car, all reportedly family members ages 6 to 18, managed to escape from the vehicle before it became fully engulfed by the flames.

The 61-old-driver of the truck told the news source that he will never drive another truck after the fatal truck accident.

An investigation into the exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.

In California, a doctor who was on his way to work was killed when the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) shuttle bus he was traveling in collided with a 2007 Peterbilt tractor trailer around 6:20 a.m on July 14.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the truck, which was carrying four vehicles, was struck by the bus after the shuttle allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Octavia and Oak streets in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood.

Officials told the news agency that Dr. Keven Allen Mack was ejected from the shuttle bus and became pinned underneath the big rig. Four other people were injured in the accident.

The unidentified driver of the shuttle, who is a 15-year employee of the university, suffered minor injures in the collision. He has reportedly been placed on paid administrative leave while police investigate the accident.

The driver of the semi was not hurt in the crash. The tractor trailer is reportedly owned and operated by 30-year-old Viktor Shkoda of Massachusetts. According to the news source, Shkoda called the company after the fatal crash and told the dispatcher that he had the green light at the intersection when the accident occurred.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 689 people who were passengers died in motor vehicle accidents in California in 2009.