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Driver injured in Placentia hit-and-run big-rig accident

Posted on Oct 14, 2010

A man was left seriously injured after a crash involving two commercial semi-trucks  on the southbound 57 at Chapman Avenue.
The Orange County trucking accident occurred at about 5:48 a.m. on Thursday, October 14.  The driver of a Honda Civic was headed south in the No. 4 lane of the 57 Freeway when an 18-wheeler hit his vehicle from behind. The impact pushed the Civic under another big-rig to the left. The front end of the Civic was demolished as the truck's back wheels crushed it.
The driver of the first commercial truck that hit the Civic left the scene.  The other truck pulled to the right side of the road. The front bumper of the Civic was dragged with the big rig for 30 yards.
The driver of the Civic was taken to Placentia-Linda Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The crash is being investigated as a hit and run accident.
Underride trucking accidents, crashes that occur when a car crashes into the back of a truck and rides under the body of the truck, are among the most deadly of truck crashes.  In many cases, the 18-wheeler smashes everything in its way including the heads of the car passengers.  Victims of these accidents are lucky to escape without serious injury.

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