Big Rig Crushes Woman's Civic

Victim seriously injured as Patch reader witnesses truck jack-knife in front of her, snaps this photo.

Two people were hospitalized after a big rig jacknifed on the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway interchange to the Long Beach (710) Freeway and flopped on a Honda Civic Wednesday night. The California Highway Patrol reported that the woman trapped under the truck was in serious condition and the truck driver suffered less major injury. CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said the accident occurred at 6:18 p.m. The accident caused lanes to be closed for hours and traffic clogged for miles.

Patch reader Nicole Stark witnessed the crash and took this photograph of the overturned rig from behind it. She described the crash to Patch:

"The driver of the big rig was merging onto the 710 ramp really fast.  As he approached the sharp turn the front part of his cab turned over first then the entire truck turned over pinning the Civic. The driver of the truck got out immediately and cars started pulling over.

"I pulled over and asked my daughter to wait in the car while I went to help.... There was no blood and she (the victim) was bent over pinned. I asked her for her name. I believe she said Nora....I asked if anyone was with her in the car. She said no. I  asked her if she could feel her legs and she said no. She said, 'I can't breathe.' I told her help was on the way and she was gonna get out immediately. I had to lay on the center divider because she was pinned against the wall and I couldn't get to her. There was no way she was getting out without that truck being moved. When help arrived I stood back and let them do what they had to do."

At 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, authorities still hadn't been able to pick up the truck, said another motorist.

Patch Ad Manager Angel Garcia, stuck in the aftermath traffic, said the truck still had not been pulled off the premises by 8:30 p.m.



Sandra P August 31, 2011 at 05:36 AM
Nancy I will let you know as soon as service information is available. I believe she passed away Sunday...Lora was a teachers aid at Downey Adult school.
Nancy Wride August 31, 2011 at 05:40 AM
Thank you Sandra.
ange February 03, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Honestly there's nothing no "one" person could do, but just think in a perfect world, every motorist between the ages of 17-50 would have stopped & everyone would have tried pushing the truck off her car, im almost positive they would have at least been able to move it off her car.
ladracious January 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Hi my name is LaDracious Espree, i was the driver in a black Oldsmobile Bravada directly behind the victim (Lora Bates). I was the first person who immediately ran over to help her out, I was in Long Beach today 1/23/2013 in court as a witness to testify for this tragedy that unfolded in front of me and my sons eyes that day. i was hoping to see Lora Bates only to find out that she had passed. I am so sorry she should not had to go threw this on the behalf of this mans recklessness. he had plead not guilty a misdemeanor, but the DA office had picked up the case and is charging him with a felony but they wouldn't tell me for what charge so i will go back to court and testify so that this guy can go to jail for life for his negligence. i will post more when i get more info, I so sorry for the family's loss.
Nancy Wride January 23, 2013 at 10:25 PM
I really appreciate you sharing this update with us, and I know that tragic accident, in which bystanders and motorists tried to help her as I recall, but she was trapped, shook a lot of people. Thank you.


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