Los Angeles CA crash: 5 deaths reported after 3-car crash on rain-soaked I-5

Legal news for California automobile accident attorneys. A three-vehicle crash was likely caused by wet roads, which led to multiple deaths.

California automobile accident attorneys alert- Wet roads likely contributed to a crash involving a Chevrolet Suburban, a Nissan Altima and a Mazda pickup.

Los Angeles, CA—A three-vehicle crash on rain-soaked Interstate 5 left five people dead and six others with injuries shortly before midnight on Sunday, April 11, 2010. The mass-fatality crash occurred in the Newhall Pass area after a storm dumped over an inch of rain across Southern California, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), a 1996 Mazda pickup truck driven by John J. Blackburn, 54, of Frazier Park, was traveling southbound, just north of the 14 Freeway on I-5, when he suddenly drove into the center divider and flipped into oncoming traffic. A Nissan Altima carrying six occupants, three of which were kids, was driving behind the truck at 60 mph. The car hit its breaks and veered to the right but wasn’t able to avoid hitting the overturned truck. A Chevrolet Suburban then hit the Nissan from behind while traveling at 50 mph.

The collision killed Blackburn and three siblings who were riding in the Nissan, identified as Xochitl Hernandez, 5; Edgar Hernandez, 8; and Cynthia Hernandez, 9. Another backseat passenger of the Nissan, Luis Villegas, 16, of Oakland, was also killed.

The driver of the Nissan, Francisco J. Enciso, 25, of Daly City, Calif., and another passenger as Yessica Milan, 27, of Whittier, were seriously injured and taken to area hospitals for treatment. All four people in the Suburban were injured, but the driver was arrested on suspicion of driving without a license. A passenger of the SUV also was arrested on suspicion of providing false information to officers.

A full investigation is ongoing.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for California automobile accident lawyers.