One person was killed while another was injured following a two-vehicle collision in Riverside County on Thursday morning, March 16, 2023.
The California Highway Patrol reported that the fatal crash occurred around 8:50 a.m. on eastbound Interstate 10 near Haugen-Lehmann Way, west of Whitewater.
The circumstances that led to the collision remain unclear, but a van and a car reportedly collided in the highway’s slow lane. The responders from the Riverside County Fire Department extricated one person from the smaller vehicle.
Gravely injured, the person was declared dead after being taken out of the car. The other driver sustained minor injuries and declined to be brought to a hospital after being treated by paramedics at the scene.
Four of eastbound I-10’s five lanes were closed for the initial investigation and clearing operation. A SigAlert was issued around 10:00 a.m. due to the miles-long traffic jam.
No further details were immediately available as the investigation continued. Whether speeding or intoxication played a role remains to be seen.
Fatal Two-Vehicle Accident Statistics
Most accidental deaths and injuries in the United States occur in motor vehicle collisions. More than two million people are murdered and ten times that number are injured every year as a result of traffic-related incidents around the world.
There was an 8.3 percent increase in fatalities due to car crashes in the United States in 2020, reports the National Safety Council. After three years of decline, this happened. In 2019, there were 39,107 people killed in motor vehicle accidents. In 2020, there were a total of 42,338.
Additionally, there were 3,847 fatalities due to car accidents in California in 2020. Of those killed, approximately 41%, or 1,587, were involved in accidents involving several vehicles. One-vehicle accidents accounted for 59% of all fatalities (2,260).
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