If you drive south of Santa Clara along the coast for about eight hours, you will arrive in the San Diego suburb of La Mesa. It is there that an 18-wheeler inexplicably drifted into oncoming traffic and slammed into two passenger cars.
Two women in one of the cars were killed; six other people, including two little girls -- ages 4 and 6 -- were injured in the crashes on State Route 125. Law enforcement officials said the 6-year-old suffered catastrophic injuries that include a broken neck.
Though the 6-year-old was not breathing when emergency medical personnel first arrived at the scene of the truck accident, paramedics were able to get her breathing again by the time the ambulance arrived at the hospital, a news report stated.
Officials do not yet know why the driver of the tractor-trailer lost control of her vehicle, but they said they are testing her for the presence of alcohol or drugs in her system. They are also tracking her hours worked over the past week to see if fatigue might have played a role in the devastating collisions.
According to authorities, the little 4-year-old girl's injuries were minor. She was shown in video by the TV station, held and comforted by a firefighter.
The trucker and her passenger sustained minor injuries in the crash. Few details were available about the women killed or the other adults injured.
A spokesperson for the trucking company said they were "heartbroken" over the crashes and were conducting their own investigation as well.
No one yet knows why the trucker lost control, but we do know that in many similar situations, factors such as distraction, impairment and fatigue play prominent roles.
A personal injury attorney serving Santa Clara and San Mateo counties can help you fight for full compensation for all damages.