At about 5 p.m. on Friday, January 4, a 73-year-old male truck driver from El Centro was killed in a fiery semi crash in Bakersfield. While traveling northbound on South Edison Road in a Freightliner semi-truck, 27-year-old Andrew John Mateut, of Roseville, attempted to pass a Freightliner as it turned left onto Muller Road but instead collided with the truck, the impact causing both vehicles to burst into flames. Mateut sustained major trauma. The other driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are investigating the collision.
“Given their size and weight, large trucks can exert tremendous force in an impact,” explained California truck accident lawyer James Ballidis, “and collisions involving them often result in serious trauma.”
In 2010, collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 1,343 people in Bakersfield, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. Large trucks were involved in 16 of the fatal and 206 of the injury accidents that occurred in Kern County that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the man who was injured.
The Bakersfield Californian originally reported this fiery semi crash.
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