SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA (February 5, 2017) – A dump truck crashed into multiple vehicles at the intersection of Mendocino Avenue and Fountaingrove Parkway on Monday morning, according to a local news source. (map)
The dump truck was heading down Fountaingrove Parkway towards Mendocino Avenue around 9:20 am. As the truck came down the hill, it appeared to lose control, slamming into traffic stopped in the intersection. Multiple vehicles were struck, including a white Ford F-150, an older model white SUV, a white sedan, a grey pickup truck, several vans, a second white SUV, and more. The force of the impact caused several cars to catch on fire, with a total of six ending up burned.
Several people were injured, and firefighters had to extract people from vehicles. Initial reports indicate the dump truck may have suffered a brake failure prior to entering the intersection. A total of six people were reportedly hospitalized after the crash with various injuries, some of which were classified as major. The fire caused a large plume of smoke to spiral above the city.
The dump truck was carrying a load of debris from the fires in Santa Rosa that recently devastated the city. The cause behind the crash is under investigation, but mechanical failure seems likely. The accident remains under open investigation to determine cause and liability at this time, and Lexton Law will update this article as it retrieves more information.
“Lexton Law wishes a swift and steady recovery to those injured in this collision. This accident is an example of why regular maintenance is so important to any vehicle, especially large commercial ones like semi trucks, dump trucks, and box trucks, “ said the attorneys from Lexton Law, a law firm specializing in auto accidents and commercial collisions.