CHP: Triple-Fatal Accident Caused When Moving Truck Hit Car

Two victims were from Sacramento, CHP officers said.

A moving truck crashed into a tree off eastbound I-80 near Davis Friday, killing three people and slowing traffic all the way to Dixon.

The Yolo County Coroner's Office has not yet identified the victims, but California Highway Patrol officers on the scene said two of them were from Sacramento.

The Richards Blvd ramps were closed briefly as CHP officers cleared the scene.

The Budget rental truck was traveling in the far-righthand lane just east of Davis when it sideswiped another car in the lane to the left, CHP Officer J. Patton told Davis Patch. It then overcorrected to the right, veered off the road and hit the tree, killing all three people inside.

“It was a pretty straightforward crash. They tried to overcompensate after hitting the car and unfortunately ended up hitting the tree," Patton said.

Witnesses said the truck had swerved into the other car's lane, Patton reported. No one in the other car was injured, according to the CHP.

The empty moving truck was being towed from the scene and a stretch of Research Park Drive adjacent to the freeway remained closed as of about 2:00 p.m. Traffic was moving again on I-80, but slowly.

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Debra Dingman July 02, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Tammi--you can check the official CHP website. One of the tabs is for "incidents." Hope that helps.
Linda Pettyplace July 03, 2012 at 06:03 AM
DeDe I am so sorry your exboyfriend was in that truck My prayers are with you I keep thinking that had I not of said stop at the fruit stand we would have been right there when it happened. Then maybe I could have been able to tell you exactly what happened. Just be glad he and the other two did not suffer I will keep you in my prayers also, I can imagine how hard this must be for you, Linda
Linda Pettyplace July 03, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Tami C. I have been on the internet and watching the papers after we were behind the truck that killed the 3 men, the Budget Rental, but I have not seen anything about the accident you are talking about. If I find anything will let you know, my prayers also go out to those people involved. I can't believe the number of accidents happening, the one in south Sac was horrible I have heard that there are a lot of accidents at that intersection. What are people doing when they get behind the wheel. Scares me, my husband makes a lot of trips to the bay area, I am with him most of the time but when I'm not I worry until he stops and call me to let me know where he is and that he is okay. Linda P.
Linda Pettyplace July 03, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Lindaluv I am with you on the fact that the truck did not leave skids marks as reported, he never applied the brakes the other car they said in the beginning that the driver was okay and just drove off. I would consider that hit and run if that is really what happened. Did you see the other car just drive away as they reported? Linda P.
Linda Pettyplace July 03, 2012 at 06:20 AM
Bernadette my prayers are with you and the sisters of grove phi grove and with the familys of those men, such a waste I couldn't believe it when we were behind them and then pulled off at fruit stand and then saw what had happened my husband & I both said a prayer for whoever was in the truck. We were behind so we couldn't see how many were there. So sorry for your loss Linda P.


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