PASO ROBLES: Big Rig Truck and Car in Head-on Crash on Highway 46 at Gruenhagen Flat

Posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at 8:29 am    

Big rig truck crashes head-on with driver and passenger of sedan on Highway 46 in Paso Robles California -- file photo

Big rig truck crashes head-on with driver and passenger of sedan on Highway 46 in Paso Robles California — file photo

Head-on Injury Crash on Highway Known for Deadly Crashes

PASO ROBLES, California (Feb. 18, 2014) – The drivers of a big rig truck and a small sedan collided in a head-on crash early Tuesday morning on State Route 46 Jack O’Connell Highway at Gruenhagen Flat in this small San Luis Obispo County community, according to a dispatch by the California Highway Patrol.

About 4:14 a.m., CHP officers reported the injury accident involving the truck driver and two people in a white 2000 Chevrolet Malibu 4-door sedan.  Paramedics responded to the scene and transported at least one of the people by ambulance to Sierra Vista Hospital in Sacramento.

The Department of Transportation sent crews to clean up glass from the roadway.

“Any accident involving a massive big rig truck can turn into a tragedy for those involved and their families,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “My prayers go out to those involved as they try to piece together what happened and recover from any injuries sustained in this accident.”

Highway 46 in Has History of Deadly Crashes

This stretch of roadway that connects Central Valley and San Luis Obispo has been described as “blood alley” due to the numerous fatal and injury crashes reported here often the result of a head-on collision, according to a report in the Tribune. Indeed, Caltrans is currently in the midst of a long-term road-widening project on Highway 46. The highway is increasing from two lanes to four lanes in an effort to cut down on head-on collisions and make roads safer for the 20,000 to 25,000 daily commuters and travelers that use the roadway.

Over the past 10 years, there are between 20 and 54 collisions and only one year there were no fatalities. Last year there were 31 crashes and at least two people died on the highway. Even actor James Dean lost his life in a car crash on Highway 46 at Highway 41 in 1955.

“Our lives are in the hands of other drivers every day we travel in the San Luis Obispo community,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “Indeed, while we cannot control how others drive, we can make a choice to hire an attorney to represent us against them if we are hurt in a crash. An experienced personal injury lawyer will help ensure our medical care is provided and our financial losses are regained.”

For more information about legal representation in a car accident contact The Seegmiller Law Firm at 1-855-275-9378.

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