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Sunnyvale Woman, 72, Dies in Series of I-280 Crashes

Spilled dirt from a tipped big-rig led to the woman slamming into the back of another truck that stopped to help the crashed truck.

A 72-year-old Sunnyvale woman died Tuesday after rear-ending a big-rig parked on the shoulder of I-280 that had pulled over to help the driver of another .

The first accident had already snarled traffic on southbound I-280 at Wolfe Road, closing the two right lanes when a truck carrying two trailers full of dirt lost control and tipped over spilling dirt in to the two right-hand lanes about 11:05 a.m.

The driver of a second big-rig also with two trailers of dirt pulled over to help the first driver, according to CHP Officer D.J. Sarabia. It is unknown at this time if the two truck drivers knew one another or worked for the same company.

Within minutes the woman, who was driving a 1991 blue-colored Buick Regal was in the lane second from the left traveling at about 65 miles-per-hour when she first maneuvered to the far left lane then quickly moved back to the right. She rear-ended the second parked truck and died instantly, Sarabia said.

The woman’s name is not being released until next of kin has been notified.

All lanes were cleared and re-opened at about 2 p.m.

kd September 12, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Very sad. It's not surprising to hear the truck tipped over. I hope they do a thorough investigation of the quarry truck carrying the dirt. It seems they are almost always overloaded and often throwing rocks and other debris in their wake. Why does it have to take such a terribly tragedy for these truck drivers and quarry operators to realize how dangerous these overloaded trucks can be?
Russ Dederer September 12, 2012 at 05:34 AM
I am so sorry for the family Make memories with the ones you love, for you never know when it will end.
LoyolaAlum September 12, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Another Los Gatos Jesuit accused of sex abuse. This was in an apology to Bellarmine College Preparatory (San Jose) alumni by Rev. Paul Sheridan, who heads Bellarmine. Brother William C. Farrington is credibly accused and supervised the students living on the Bellarmine campus from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. Brother Farrington is now an associate in the Jesuit Los Gatos fund raising office and lives at the Jesuit Los Gatos retreat in the same building as Fr. Jerold Lindner, who has $3 million in pedophile settlements.
Anne Ernst (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 03:23 PM
LoyolaAlum, not sure if something got crossed up, but this comment doesn't pertain to the accident. I think maybe it was meant for a different article.
Chris Zhang September 12, 2012 at 04:09 PM
KD, we know these 2 trucks came from Lehigh?
kd September 12, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Hi Chris, I don't know if the truck came from Lehigh or Stevens Creek Quarry or elsewhere. I would be interested in finding out as well.

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