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California tanker crash closes freeway, kills two people

When people are driving around big rigs, they should use extra caution and maintain a longer distance between them and the truck than they normally would with another, smaller vehicle. In addition, it is critical that they understand that larger trucks take longer to stop and have significant blind spots that can greatly obstruct their visibility of smaller objects or hazards on the road in California. Of course, there are times when avoiding an accident is inevitable, but often people can prevent tragedy by simply driving responsibly and respectfully. 

A recent truck accident in Hawthorne, California is an example of what can happen when people drive recklessly around big trucks. The fiery crash resulted in both an SUV and a big rig being fully engulfed in flames for over an hour, and the freeway where the crash occurred was shut down for several hours as commuters found creative ways to stay entertained. Investigators were thoroughly examining what was left of the two vehicles and were still unsure of a cause for the accident. 

According to witnesses, the driver of a Land Rover was swerving in and out of traffic in an aggressive manner and lost control. The driver than hit a divider, but had impacted the big rig as well. As a result, both vehicles went up in flames and both drivers were killed. Investigators were still working to determine the identities of the drivers. 

When people are involved in a car accident, they may benefit from the help of an attorney. Hiring a legal professional can provide some relief for victims as they turn their focus to recovering from their injuries and preparing for their case. 

Source: ABC 7 News, "2 killed in fiery tanker crash on 105 Freeway in Hawthorne," Marc Cota-Robles and Rob Hayes, Aug. 24, 2018

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