A trucker who failed to brake for stopped traffic on a Nuevo road triggered a nine-vehicle wreck that killed one person and injured a half-dozen others, the California Highway Patrol reported Tuesday.
The pileup happened just after 4 p.m. Monday on the Ramona Expressway, near Lakeview Avenue.
CHP Officer Juan Quintero said thea big rig driver, 29-year-old Kieran McCall of Beaumont, was headed east on the two-lane corridor when traffic ahead of him came to a stop.
“McCall failed to notice the stopped traffic … and was unable to stop before the front of the big rig collided with the rear of a Ford Focus,” Quintero said. “The Focus was forced into the westbound lane, directly into the path of a Honda Civic and a Dodge Ram pickup, which struck the Focus.”
A passenger in the compact sedan was thrown onto the roadway, suffering fatal injuries. The victim’s identity has not been released.
According to Quintero, the tractor-trailer next plowed into a Ford Ranger pickup, which was pushed into a flatbed trailer being towed by another pickup.
“The big rig continued eastbound and struck the left rear of a Toyota Tacoma,” the officer said. “This collision forced the Tacoma onto an adjacent dirt shoulder. The big rig started to go onto the adjacent dirt shoulder, where it struck the right rear of a GMC C-10 pickup. The force pushed the GMC forward, and it collided with the right rear of a Honda CRV.”
The truck ultimately came to rest on an embankment, but did not overturn.
A half-dozen people were taken to hospitals in Moreno Valley, Palm Springs and Wildomar for treatment of injuries ranging from minor to major.
McCall was questioned at the scene but not arrested. However, the investigation is ongoing, Quintero said.
The Ramona Expressway was completely shut down for more than three hours while the wreckage was cleared and information gathered.