1 Killed in Chiriaco Summit Collision
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A Los Angeles man died Thursday morning in a Chiriaco Summit big rig collision. The fatal big rig crash occurred around 7:20 a.m. on westbound I-10 at Chiriaco Road, east of the Coachella Valley.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the driver of a westbound big rig stopped the truck on the right shoulder of the freeway. A Freightliner driver then traveled to the right of the roadway and struck the rear of the parked big rig. The crash caused the Freightliner to continue into the open desert north of the roadway before coming to a stop. The Freightliner driver, 67-year-old Fred Cormia, died at the scene.

A passenger in the Freightliner’s sleeper suffered moderate injuries in the crash. He was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the parked big rig was also hospitalized for moderate injuries.

Officers shut down westbound lanes due to a major diesel spill. One lane remained closed throughout the day. Police continue to investigate the fatal Chiriaco Summit big rig collision.

“We know big rig drivers are forced to work long hours and are often sleep deprived behind the wheel. How many more of these fatal crashes will it take before these trucking companies are held accountable?” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a truck accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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