• A big-rig veered from the slow lane into the fast lane on I-5, cutting off a Ford Mustang.
• The Mustang swerved to avoid a collision with the truck, crashed into the center divider, and rolled over. The truck driver didn’t stop.
• The Mustang driver was airlifted to a hospital with major injuries.
California Highway Patrol officer Phillip Mackintosh said Corning resident Wendy Thomas was driving a 2007 Ford Mustang northbound in the fast lane on Interstate 5 when a big-rig cut her off near Jellys Ferry Road.
The Mustang crashed into the center divider and rolled over.
Thomas suffered major injuries and was airlifted via helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Redding to be treated.
The big-rig didn’t stop. The driver may not have immediately known he caused the accident, Mackintosh said.
Police are urging anyone with information on the crash to call the Red Bluff CHP office at (530) 527-2034.
Most deaths in big-rig accidents are people of passenger vehicles, not the truck driver or his passengers.
More than 3,400 people died in big-rig crashes in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).
Only 14 percent of those fatalities were people in trucks, while 72 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 13 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists.
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