Street racing is the suspected cause for a multivehicle accident that left three dead, including a truck driver, on Saturday, Feb. 27, along Interstate 5 in Commerce, Calif.
The drivers of a Dodge Challenger and a Dodge Charger were racing southbound when one of them lost control and collided into the left side of a UPS tractor-trailer, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The impact caused the tractor-trailer to lose control and collide into the center median before becoming airborne and hitting a gray Nissan, the CHP said. The tractor-trailer continued out of control and became fully engulfed in flames as it came to rest on top of a red Ford Explorer that was traveling northbound. Debris from the collision struck two more vehicles traveling on the northbound side.
Scott Treadway, a 52-year-old UPS truck driver from Mira Loma, Calif., died at the scene, according to multiple reports. The driver and a passenger of the Nissan were also killed. At least two others suffered “major” injuries.
Dealio Lockhart, 35, who was driving the Challenger, was arrested and is facing vehicular manslaughter charges. Authorities are attempting to locate the driver of the Charger.
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