FAIRFIELD — A Mercedes-Benz being driven by an unidentified woman in the slow lane of westbound Interstate 80 was rear-ended Thursday night by a big-rig truck, triggering a high-speed rollover wreck.
The big-rig, that did not stop after the crash, struck the Mercedes at around 7:30 p.m. on a downhill stretch of the freeway a few hundreds before the Manuel Campos Parkway exit. The impact caused the woman to lose control of her car, at highway speeds. The car careened onto the shoulder, up an embankment for about 100 yards and tumbled back down onto the shoulder, where it landed upside down.
The woman, who was alone in her car, was not wearing her safety belt, according to California Highway Patrol officers at the crash scene. She was ejected from her Mercedes and ended up lying on the freeway. She only suffered a compound fracture to one ankle.
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital while firefighters and CHP officers cleared the crash scene in less than 40 minutes.
Anyone with information about the big-rig truck can call the CHP at 428-2100.
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