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Newport Beach Man and Others Injured in Irvine 5-vehicle Crash


Posted on Oct 26, 2010

Three people remain hospitalized with serious injuries after rainy weather caused a five-car crash on I-405 in Irvine.
 
The Orange County multi-car accident occurred on Saturday, October 23 at about 8:35 a.m.  It involved a big rig and four smaller cars.
 
The road was wet when 22-year-old Ana Maria Flores entered the northbound I-405 at Culver Drive in her 2004 Jeep.     
 
She lost control of her vehicle and skidded to the middle lanes where she came to a stop.  Her vehicle was hit by a semi-truck which pushed the car to the median.  The 18-wheeler jackknifed and slid to the right side of the freeway where it crashed into a 1929 Ford driven and struck a  CHP cruiser and a 2007 Chrysler that were stopped on the right shoulder of the highway. 
 
Ana Maria Flores and her 4-year-old daughter were taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana with major injuries.
 
The driver of the 1929 Ford, 78-year-old Salvatore Giannulli, of Corona del Mar, was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange with serious injuries. 
 
The driver of the Chrysler, Danielle Jones, 22, of Tustin, was transported to Hoag Hospital Irvine with moderate injuries.
 
The truck driver, Mike Rosales, 46, of Corona, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. 
 
The CHP officer was not hurt.
 
A dog died in the accident.
 
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