Male Driver, Good Samaritan Killed in Fiery Barstow Car Crash on 15 Freeway
Barstow, California (January 20, 2020) – A fiery big-rig crash left a driver and a Good Samaritan with fatal injuries early Sunday morning in Barstow, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The fatal collision took place on southbound 15 Freeway, south of Hodge Road at around 4:15 a.m. on January 19.
As per the CHP officials, a semi-truck driver was traveling southbound when he lost control of the truck and drifted to the right into the desert. The driver then attempted to swerve back onto the roadway and the truck overturned.
A man driving a Mazda stopped his vehicle to assist. At the same time, a second semi-truck crashed into the overturned big rig and the truck caught fire due to the impact. The motorist in the burning semi died in the collision.
Officials said the impact caused the second semi to come to a halt on top of the Good Samaritan.
The Good Samaritan suffered fatal injuries and was declared dead at the scene.
The operator of the second big rig, identified only as a 52-year-old Tennessee man, sustained injuries of unknown degree and was hospitalized at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
The names of the two men killed in the crash were not immediately released.
An investigation is ongoing.
According to Arin Khodaverdian, the Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group, a separate investigation by an experienced attorney is necessary so as clearly uncover the circumstances surrounding the collision. “An attorney will also help the victim to navigate all the legal processes in pursuit of fair compensation and justice. Car accident claims are rarely straightforward, and, regardless of the circumstances involved, liable insurance companies will often do everything possible to limit their out-of-pocket expenses by either devaluing or outright denying your claim. It is crucial, therefore, that you have an experienced attorney on your side,” said Arin.