1 Killed in Collision on 5 Freeway near Carmenita Road in Santa Fe Springs
Santa Fe Springs, California (June 22, 2022) – One person was killed in a three-vehicle collision early Wednesday morning in Santa Fe Springs.
The deadly collision happened on the southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway near Carmenita Road at around 2 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
Three vehicles including a semi-truck were involved in the collision. The impact of the collision caused one of the vehicles to overturn.
A man in his 40s was ejected from his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the accident scene.
The collision resulted in the closure of all the lanes for several hours.
More details about the accident were not provided.
An investigation into the accident is underway.
Crash Fatalities in California Went Up in 2021, Early Federal Estimates Show
Newly released estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that fatalities caused by traffic crashes on U.S. freeways reached a 16-year high in 2021.
The crash deaths also increased in almost every state, including California, according to NHTSA.
According to the Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2021 report released by NHTSA, about 42,915 people were killed in traffic collisions in 2021 in the U.S. This shows a 10.5% increase from the 38,828 fatalities reported in 2020.
NHTSA says the projection is the highest number of traffic deaths since 2005 as well as the largest percentage rise in the history of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
In California, 4,258 people died in traffic collisions in 2021 – a 10.7 increase from 2020’s 3,847, as per the NHTSA report titled – “Crash Stats: Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2021.”
According to the traffic deaths estimates, in the two-state region that includes Arizona and California, crash fatalities in 2021 are projected to go up by 10% over the previous year.
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