A 5 Freeway Accident Takes the Life of a 52-Year-Old Woman
If you’re driving down the 5 Freeway today and have seen an accident, you’re not alone. At least one person was killed today. A pedestrian-semi truck accident took the life of Gina Rebecca Castaneda, 52, of Bakersfield. The semi truck driver, who escaped the scene, was never found. Gina’s family is seeking justice. Read on to learn more about the incident.
Route 29 in Rockland
A car is involved in a serious collision on the 5 freeway in Rockland County, New York, today as Route 29 travels east. The two-lane roadway intersects NY 10A before heading south through Rockwood Lake. The roadway then turns eastward to cross over the Cork Center Reservoir and Cold Brook Reservoir. NY 29 continues east as West State Street through Ephratah, where it joins NY 67 at East Main Street. The route then continues eastward on NY 29 before merging with NY 67 at East Main Street in Johnstown. NY 29 also overlaps NY 10 for 1.3 miles (2.1 km) in Ephratah, where it intersects New York State Route 67. West State Street in Ephratah intersects NY 29, and it runs along the east side of New York 10
The accident closed Route 29 and was reported to have involved two vehicles. One driver was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other driver sustained minor injuries. The roadway was closed for hours until it was cleared. The State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating the cause of the crash. While the accident remains under investigation, both drivers were wearing seatbelts. The accident happened at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Route 17.
Route 8 in Thomaston
After a fatal one-car accident that closed a portion of Route 8 in Thomaston, Connecticut, the highway is now open again. The accident shut down exits 38 and 37 and shut down Route 8 northbound for about half an hour. It also caused traffic backups for miles. After the accident, the highway will reopen in 7.6 minutes. Police are investigating the cause of the crash, but the details are still not known.
It is unclear what caused the accident, but a tractor-trailer truck crashed into a ledge wall on southbound Route 8. No other vehicles were involved, but it is unclear if there were other vehicles involved in the collision. Three ambulances responded to the scene. The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m., and fuel from the truck’s ruptured gas tank spilled onto the roadway.
The truck driver hit a light pole on the highway side head-on, and then continued to drive despite the metal guardrail. The cause of death is still unknown. The accident shut down Route 8 southbound between Exits 36 and 34, causing traffic to back up for miles. Drivers were diverted to side streets in Thomaston and Waterbury. The accident cleared shortly after 2:30 p.m.
Route 9 in Searsburg
A motor vehicle crash has closed part of Route Nine in the town of Searsburg, Vermont, for about two hours. The crash occurred near Sleepy Hollow Road. Drivers should expect delays and seek alternate routes. Vermont State Police say all lanes are open as of 2:24 p.m. The crash is still under investigation. The scene is expected to be clear in approximately two hours. The State Police and Agency of Transportation are working to clear the road. The Vermont Emergency Management department has activated its operations center, but its staff has not yet been called. Meanwhile, Green Mountain Power is ready to deal with the potential power outage.
Police said the crash was caused by a driver swerving from his lane. Pooja Meyer was driving a 1999 Honda Civic when she hit the truck, while Richard Reagan was driving a 2020 Western Star commercial truck. The driver of the Honda had lost control of his vehicle after passing another car and crossed the centerline. The driver of the truck swerved into the path of the car, and the two vehicles collided.
Route 7 in Downey
A single-vehicle crash has closed down part of the southbound 5 Freeway in Downey. The accident happened at Lakewood Boulevard in Downey and is being logged by the California Highway Patrol. Two other people were seriously injured. One passenger died in the crash while the other two were transported to the hospital. The other passenger was not immediately available for comment. The California Highway Patrol has posted a SigAlert for the area, which is a temporary closure of the 5 freeway.
A high school student was killed in a single-vehicle crash on the 5 Freeway today. Another driver was critically injured in the crash. Three people were taken to a local trauma center. A gray Nissan Altima, a small sedan, was merging onto the southbound 605 Freeway when it flipped over, crashing 200 yards down the embankment. The two men and the woman inside were wearing seatbelts, but the driver was not wearing one. The accident was so severe that the car flipped over and rolled several times. Three people were in the car, including the driver, who was 18 years old, and the two minor passengers.
Despite the crash, three California Highway Patrol officers were injured. The first officer was severely injured, while two other officers received minor injuries. The CHP closed the carpool lane and the adjacent lane while the second officer was confined to the patrol car. All three officers were transported to the hospital, and one of the three was released to a local hospital. The woman driving the SUV was arrested and is suspected of driving under the influence.
Route 29 in Akron
A four-car accident shut down Interstate 76 westbound and eastbound in Akron this morning. Hazmat teams responded to the scene and police provided traffic control. The Akron Fire Department said heavy smoke was produced due to a liquid leak from the truck. No one was transported to a local hospital. A video of the accident is available in the player below. The video was published in an unrelated article on Feb. 23, 2022.
Route 29 in Downey
At around 12:30 a.m. today, three CHP officers were involved in a car crash on the 105 Freeway in Downey, California. The officers had been responding to a previous crash when a SUV hit their vehicle. They had been working on a lane closure when the SUV hit the CHP vehicle and flipped it over. Three officers were injured, including one officer who suffered serious injuries. The other two officers inside the SUV were only lightly injured.
A female SUV driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI after the crash. Officials in Downey closed the eastbound 105 Freeway to conduct an investigation. This is just one of thousands of car accidents caused by careless driving each year. The most important thing that a driver can do to avoid these crashes is to focus on the road and not be distracted by cell phones or other distractions. Abiding by traffic laws and safety precautions can help you avoid these accidents.
Several people have been injured in separate accidents in California this morning, including one that happened on Highway 29 near the Crazy Creek gliderport. At least one person was killed, while another person sustained minor injuries. While the highway remained closed after the crash, CHP warned of the possibility of delays and traffic congestion. The accident is the second fatal crash in Lake County this week. You can follow updates on the crash by following the news.
Route 29 in Columbia
The five-mile stretch of Columbia Pike is closed as a result of a crash on Monday morning. Route 29 in the northwest area of Columbia is closed at the intersection of Industrial Parkway. Traffic is being redirected to alternate routes. The freeway has since reopened, but Route 29 remains closed near the Columbia Pike. Three people were injured, and rescue crews had to extricate two of them from the wreckage.
One woman was killed in an accident on Route 29 near Columbia today. The crash involved a car and a tractor-trailer. A multidisciplinary accident investigation team is investigating. A 40-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Four other people were injured. A gravel truck driver was killed in the collision. The other driver was injured. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
A man from Columbia was sentenced to seven years in prison and $195K for fraudulently shipping cars to Africa. Police are investigating the cause of a fatal crash on Route 29 at Rivers Edge Road. The driver, a Maryland man named Chawla, was a graduate of the University of Maryland. He received a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Police are asking for the public’s help in determining who is to blame for the crash.