California Highway Patrol reported at least 5 people are dead following a suspected blown tire on one of Orange County’s busiest freeways recently.
The accident occurred on the southbound I-5 freeway around ten o’clock in the morning. A 37- year old man and 33-year old woman, plus 3 additional passengers were in a Chevrolet Tracker when witnesses described that the vehicle suddenly veered off the highway and went down the embankment. The SUV finally stopped behind the bookstore in the El Paseo shopping center. Orange County Coroner’s office verified that all five victims were burned beyond recognition.
The Geo Tracker was made by General Motors between 1989-2004.
During the years 1991-1993, this vehicle received the worst possible rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The death rate was almost three times the average for all passenger vehicles. This car has a high risk for head injury for the driver.
The accident is still under investigation.
Tire defects can cause damage and injury. However, every driver should be able to negotiate a blown tire by safely pulling to the side of the road. Otherwise we would all be killed because at one time or another we have all experienced a flat tire. This collision should be no exception.
If you know anyone who has been in an auto accident they need to speak to an experienced auto accident attorney as soon as they can. We can will review possible recalls of tire and other safety issues that a car owner may not be aware of. Allen Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie have been serving Orange County since 1974.