KTLA5 and the Triple Fatal Crash
In Artesia, California, a triple fatal crash that happened earlier this week. The accident occurred just after 1:00 a.m. in the morning on the westbound 91 Freeway west of Pioneer Boulevard, according to California Highway Patrol Jeremy Tolen. A gas tanker truck was rear-ended by a red Jeep traveling in the No. 3 lane on the 91 Freeway. According to Tolen, the collision between the Jeep and the gas tanker truck caused the Jeep to lose control and end up in the center median, causing another collision to occur. The second collision caused the Jeep to overturn. Immediately after the Jeep overturned, it was hit by a BMW sedan.
There were three people in the Jeep at the time of the multiple collisions, and all three of them were pronounced dead at the scene. The BMW sedan held a woman and a child, who sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash. The health status of the driver of the gas tanker truck is unknown at this time.
According to Officer Tolen, alcohol was not believed to have been involved in the accident; however, speed was thought to be a leading factor in the collision. The Jeep was traveling over 55 mph at the time of the collision, and the tanker truck was traveling at 55 mph when the Jeep crashed into it from the rear. The three that were fatally injured as a result of the collision have been identified by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office as father Lavell Mann, aged 33, and his two sons, Logan Mann, age 3, and Legend Mann, only 9 months old.
Important Information about Motor Vehicle Accidents
- There were 29,989 fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2014 in which 32,675 deaths occurred.
- This resulted in 10.2 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.08 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
- The fatality rate per 100,000 people ranged from 3.5 in the District of Columbia to 25.7 in Wyoming.
- In California, 2,833 fatal crashes occurred in 2014, with 3,074 deaths resulting from those crashes.
- In California, 1,118 motor vehicle crash deaths were occupants in a car, and 486 were occupants in a pickup or SUV in 2014.
- Nationwide, in 2014 44% of motor vehicle crash deaths occurred in multiple-vehicle crashes.
- In 2014 in California, 1,287 deaths occurred in multiple-vehicle crashes.