FAIRFIELD — The California Highway Patrol asked for the public’s help Thursday in identifying a big-rig truck that crashed into a car on the night of March 27 on westbound Interstate 80 just east of the Manuel Campos Parkway offramp.
A woman who was not identified by CHP was driving in the slow lane at the speed limit in moderate traffic around 7:30 p.m. when she was rear-ended by a green and white tractor trailer. The impact of the crash caused the woman’s silver Toyota Avalon to careen off the freeway, go up an embankment and then tumble back onto the roadway, according to CHP Officer Erick Gerard.
The woman, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected out the driver’s window as the car was rolling. She ended up lying in the slow lane where oncoming cars swerved to not run her over. Two off-duty CHP officers on their way to work drove up to the crash scene and helped keep the woman from being run over.
CHP officers at the crash scene and paramedics initially believed the woman had suffered only a compound ankle fracture. Once at the hospital, emergency room doctors discovered the woman had also suffered a fractured pelvis and serious back injuries. She is currently hospitalized at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or who recently noticed a big-rig truck with new front end damage is urged to call CHP Officer Chris Parker at 428-2100.
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