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Attempt to pass truck ends with 1 death, injuries

A 67-year-old man driving a Toyota Tundra died on Highway 79 near Temecula on Nov. 14. According to the California Highway Patrol, as the driver was approaching a curve in the road, he crossed the double yellow lines in an attempt to pass the tractor-trailer in front of him. The tractor-trailer was traveling at about 30 mph, perhaps because of the weather, which was dark and rainy.

When the Tundra crossed into the westbound lane, it collided with a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser. The two cars behind the Cruiser were unable to avoid the stopped vehicles. They crashed into the PT Cruiser, the Tundra and the tractor-trailer. According to police, it took over three hours to clear the road of vehicles and injured people.

The driver of the Tundra was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His passenger, an elderly woman, was treated at a hospital for moderate injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. The drivers and passengers in the three westbound traveling vehicles suffered minor injuries, except for the driver of the PT Cruiser. He broke his ankles, arms and several ribs.

Motor vehicle accidents like this one can be extremely complex. There are many parties involved, and each party has a different set of injuries and damages. One or more of the parties may decide to seek advice from an attorney specializing in personal injury, to determine whether there is a valid cause of action to bring a lawsuit. An attorney would examine the medical records, police reports and other documents to determine if the driver of the Tundra acted negligently.

Source: The Press Enterprise , "Temecula: One dead, six injured, when truck tries to pass big rig (update)", Sarah Burge , November 14, 2014

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