The fatal crash happened Wednesday morning along Interstate 5 north of Highway 33 in Fresno County.
Investigators say the driver of a Chrysler Aspen SUV was south of the interstate. He was dragged to the west shoulder for an unknown reason and the car hit the back of an 18-wheel truck.
Chrysler was severely damaged in the crash. The front of the minivan was stuck to the 18-wheeler and the rest of the vehicle looked a few meters south.
Some of the SUV passengers were thrown on the road.
The CHP says the four victims were identified as Lut Fekitua, 43, Naomi Cook, 35, Antimanda Fekitua, 9, and Keola James (KJ) Cook, 13. Antimadas was Lut’s daughter and K.J.
The 52-year-old Chrysler driver, a 37-year-old man and a 12-year-old girl were taken to the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno with serious injuries.
Both families were from Washington.
Officials say the 18-wheeler was empty at the time of the accident.
Police are still working to determine what caused the driver to slip into the interstate shoulder.
The lanes are closed for about six hours, while traffic is diverted to Kamm and Derrick Avenues.
Drivers in the truck industry passing through Fresno County said they were not shocked to hear of another fatal truck accident.
Truck drivers on the road say more rest areas are needed along Central Valleys streets. Right now, truck drivers feel that sometimes they have no choice but to pull over on dangerous roads.
When asked how similar accidents could be avoided, the drivers agreed on a simple solution.
“A place to park, to spend the night comfortably and not worry about having to park abroad,” says Pete Vargas. “We need a safe place to park.”
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