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Driver Suffered "Coughing Attack" Before Fatal Big Rig Crash Off Southern CA Freeway
NBC Bay Area ^ | 3/17 | Jonathan Lloyd and Vanessa Ruiz

Posted on 04/17/2015 1:14:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The crash near the interchange of the 118 and 210 freeways left others hospitalized in critical condition

A big rig driver suffered what authorities described as a "coughing attack" at the wheel before crashing off a Southern California freeway and slamming into a pickup in a fatal collision that involved several other vehicles.

The northern San Fernando Valley crash, which left four people hospitalized in critical condition, occurred under the 210 Freeway-118 Freeway interchange near the Paxton Street exit.

The big rig crashed off the 210 Freeway freeway and down an embankment before crossing an exit ramp and slamming into the pickup, killing its driver. The pickup, pushed onto its side in the crash, and a dump truck were stopped at an intersection before the crash.

"He had a coughing attack and lost control of his vehicle, causing it to veer to the right onto the shoulder and down the embankment," said CHP Officer Ming Hsu of the big rig driver.

The deceased victim was identified only as a man in his 30s.

A sport utility vehicle and another passenger vehicle also were involved in the series of collisions. Fire-rescue personnel extricated at least one person trapped in a vehicle.

Paxton Street exit ramps were still closed at midday for the investigation.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Health/Medicine; Travel
KEYWORDS: california; crack; cracksmoke; glutenallergy; lactoseintolerance; minghsu; racism; sanfernandovalley; trucking; whiteprivilege
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1 posted on 04/17/2015 1:14:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Must have opened his taxes owed statement and his Obamacare rate increase in the same day....


2 posted on 04/17/2015 1:16:40 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (BeThe Keystone Pipe like ProjectR : build it already Congre)
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To: nickcarraway

I guess he chocked...

I don’t buy that...


3 posted on 04/17/2015 1:19:19 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway
This is why I don't drive when I have a bout with bronchitis.
4 posted on 04/17/2015 1:20:21 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Vendome

Perhaps he was a heavy smoker.


5 posted on 04/17/2015 1:22:28 PM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001 and 9/11/2012: NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Vendome

Happens all the time. The driver might have been eating, drinking and choked, gagged. Wasps fly into windows and drivers have been distracted and then die, along with others.

If he was distracted using a cell or another electronic devise, they’ll know it.


6 posted on 04/17/2015 1:22:54 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: nickcarraway

Time for a raft of new laws and safety measures.


7 posted on 04/17/2015 1:24:08 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (Even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.)
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To: nickcarraway

I can see how it might happen. I once had a coughing spell while driving that was so bad I had to pull over.


8 posted on 04/17/2015 1:25:27 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve had that happen to me in the grocery store. I sure am glad I was behind the wheel.


9 posted on 04/17/2015 1:36:57 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: Huntress

..........yeah, I can see it coming “Mothers Agains Coughs”............or MAC.............for short!


10 posted on 04/17/2015 1:39:40 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid)
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To: Vendome

We had a man with a history of aggressive driving claim and win the agruement that he had a coughing spell that caused him to cross the median twice and somehow get his vehicle to do a complete 180 and slam into a family and killing 5sweet young children. Stupid jury. To this day I think there was morman on the jury who couldn’t convict their fellow Mormon.


11 posted on 04/17/2015 2:09:24 PM PDT by cherry
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One reason I never keep my windows open. Don’t want stinging insects in the car. Plus it screws up fuel mileage.


12 posted on 04/17/2015 2:20:32 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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Had a truck driver with a “coughing spell” around here. He didn’t know when he left the highway that he ran over a car. His rig buried the car, and it wasn’t for 45 minutes that it was realized by authorities that he had flattened the car killing the driver. I wonder if a lot of these guys are falling asleep at the wheel. A rig rear ended a car on the Ohio turn pike last year. The car caught fire and killed the driver. It goes on and on.


13 posted on 04/17/2015 2:37:01 PM PDT by healy61
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To: cherry

Cept Reid.

He will lie, cheat, steal and impugn anyone’s character.

Because he is such an upright man himself.

But, he has his Temple recommend, so he is a “Worthy Mormon”


14 posted on 04/17/2015 3:07:50 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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He had a coughing attack and lost control of his vehicle...

Currently, there's an epidemic of whooping cough in California.

15 posted on 04/17/2015 3:46:32 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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...I wonder if a lot of these guys are falling asleep at the wheel...

Long time ago I was driving the middle lane of an interstate highway. I caught up to a tractor-trailer and started to pass on the left. The trailer started moving into the third lane. So I fell back and moved over to pass on the right lane. The trailer then moved into the right lane. I swore and moved back to the middle. Then I watched the trailer move into the breakdown lane and on into the ditch. I stopped to check out the driver. He had a stunned sleepy look.

16 posted on 04/17/2015 4:00:29 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (behind enemy lines)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Yep...There have been thousands of cases where a simple spilled drink, and or looking around for something in the vehicle turns into an utter fatal disaster. Throw in cell phones, a few curves in the road and it turns undivided highways into death zones. K walls save lives, but not all the time.

If I look away from my direction of travel, it’s for a slip second only. Gagging, coughing or health issues, one has to try to get off to the shoulder, and slow/stop as fast as possible, if possible.


17 posted on 04/17/2015 5:25:50 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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Split second too!


18 posted on 04/17/2015 5:26:39 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

A good TV show about accidents is “Collision”. It was on a few years ago. British.

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19 posted on 04/17/2015 5:35:34 PM PDT by Mears (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."Voltaire))
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I do not use my phone while driving. I pull over somewhere if i have to make a call.


20 posted on 04/17/2015 6:06:01 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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