A man died in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 60 in Beaumont.
One man died and two other people were seriously injured as a result of a three-vehicle accident Saturday on Highway 60 in Beaumont.
• A truck driver was hit by a car at a rural highway intersection.
• The truck driver was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. He died the following night.
• The other driver was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
• The accident remains under investigation.
The highway crash occurred shortly after 5 p.m., according to a report in the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
A 51-year-old man from Perris — later identified by Riverside County coroner’s officials as Asencion Placencia — was driving a truck eastbound on the rural highway when the accident happened.
As Placencia’s truck neared Dowling Fruit Orchard at Western Knolls Road, it was struck by a white Hyundai, according to a California Highway Patrol report quoted on the Banning-Beaumont Patch news site. A third vehicle was involved, but news reports did not elaborate on that.
Placencia was trapped in his truck and had to be extricated by emergency crews, Cheri Patterson of Cal Fire-Riverside County said. He suffered critical injuries. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died 9:37 p.m. on Sunday.
The Hyundai driver also was transported to a hospital with minor injuries. Patterson told the Southwest Riverside News Network (SWRNN)that the person was treated and released.
The scene of the accident was on Route 60 just west of the interchange at Interstate 10. It is one of the few remaining intersections on that highway between Los Angeles and the San Gorgonio Pass, according to SWRNN.
Dangers of Rural Highways
Only 23 percent of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, but 57 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities occur on rural roads, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration(NHTSA).
The NHTSA’s latest figures show that the fatality rate per vehicle miles traveled was 2.5 times higher in rural areas than in urban areas.
A large majority of car accident deaths in rural areas — 67 percent — occur on highways, where the speed limit is 55 mph or higher. In urban areas, the opposite is true: 68 percent of all fatal crashes occur on roads where the speed limit is less than 50 mph.
Rural highways often are only two lanes, which presents significant danger to motorists who use the oncoming traffic lane to pass at high speed.
Finally, hospitals are few and far between in rural areas. The risk of dying on the way to the hospital is significantly higher in a rural accident than an urban one.
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