String of deadly crashes on Highway 14 continues

Highway 14 has been the site of serious and sometimes deadly crashes over the past month. On June 29, there were two more. Separate accidents on that day caused the death of one person, and injuries to several others. They also left traffic backed up for hours in 100-plus degree heat near Agua Dulce, California. The first crash occurred around 11:30 a.m. when a big rig truck hit a car that was pulled over on...
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Los Angeles bus driver killed by tow truck driver

A bus driver for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was killed in downtown Los Angeles when a flatbed tow truck traveling at sixty miles per hour ran a red light at Broadway and slammed into her. The collision tore open the front of the bus. It also sheared off a fire hydrant and destroyed the front of a nearby 7-Eleven store. There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the...
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Family files wrongful death suit in Caltrans worker’s death

The family of a young Caltrans worker who was killed on the job by a suspected drunk driver in April of last year, has filed a wrongful death suit against Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and the Flatiron Construction Company. The suit contends that adequate precautions were not taken around the construction zone to protect workers' safety. The 21-year-old Corona resident was struck and killed when a 37-year-old man of Arcadia drove his car...
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Five teens killed in Newport Beach car crash on Memorial Day

Five teenagers were killed in a car accident on Memorial Day on Jamboree Road in Newport Beach, CA. They were on their way to the beach when the accident occurred. No other vehicles were involved. Although Newport Beach police are still investigating the cause of the accident, they believe the car was going well over the posted speed limit. The mayor of Newport Beach, Keith Curry, said he was told by police that the driver...
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Vehicle type matters more than crash ratings, study suggests

A study recently presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine suggests that crash ratings - which are meant to measure a vehicle's crashworthiness so automobile shoppers can make wise, safe purchasing decisions - are not always the best indicator of how well a car and its passengers will fare in the event of an accident. The study found that a vehicle's size and type will typically be a better predictor...
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