• July 18, 2022

Two Killed in Tractor-Trailer Accident on I-5 in Yolo County, CA

Yolo County, CA -- July 15, 2022, two people were killed as the result of an accident involving a tractor-trailer along I-5.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at approximately 6:48 a.m. north of Woodland near County Road 96.

According to officials, two Redding men were in a Dodge traveling along the interstate. In a series of events unclear, the Dodge and a tractor-trailer collided.

Due to the collision, both Redding men sustained fatal injuries. No other injuries were reported. At this time, authorities say only that they don't suspect intoxication as a factor. No further information is available.

Commentary on Fatal Tractor-Trailer Accident on I-5 in Yolo County

It's not entirely clear what happened here, which isn't all that unusual with serious commercial truck wrecks. Police may be on top of things here, but I always take steps to ensure experienced accident reconstructionists look into crashes like this one. Quite frankly, authorities may not prioritize crash investigations highly enough to really get clear answers for the victims' loved ones.

Yolo County, CA Tractor-Trailer Accident Kills 2 on I-5 at County Road 96

This isn't to insult officers themselves. More often than not, the issue is their departments not giving them the tools or time needed for complex issues potentially surrounding commercial truck wrecks. What does the ECM and GPS data say? Were there mechanical defects? Did something like a load shift contribute? Did the truck have video cameras that can shed light on things? Did the victim's airbags and seatbelts function properly? Was anything relating to training or business practices involved in the crash?

Likely or not, these are some of the factors a proper investigations is going to cover which I rarely see police look into on their own. That's why there may need to be efforts made here to ensure nothing important is going overlooked. If nothing else, there are no doubt families out there that deserve to know they're getting the full story.

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