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3 Downey Residents Killed, 2 Others Seriously Injured in Buena Park Car Accident on I-5N

December 31, 1969

Three women are dead and two others are being treated at an Orange, California hospital after a Buena Park car crash that occurred on the I-5N Freeway on Monday night. The single-auto crash occurred as the group was driving back from Garden grove where they'd attended a service at the Crystal Cathedral.

The California Highway Patrol says that the Ford Excursion, which was moving at high speeds, went out of control to crash into a guard rail before rolling over multiple times, landing on its side, and bursting into flames. Some of the occupants were ejected from the vehicle. The police don't think the women were using seat belts.

The driver of the Ford, a 41-year-old woman, and a 16-year-old passenger are being treated at UC Medical Center. The deceased include 40-year-old Sara Flores, 24-year-old Elda Nada-Mayo, and 49-year-old Angela Cid-Del Prado. They were pronounced dead at the Orange County, California car collision site.

Rollover Accidents

Vehicle rollover crashes continue to be the cause of serious personal injury and wrongful death for many occupants. Driver error and carelessness can play a role in causing rollover crashes. However, unfortunately, some vehicles are designed in a way that can increase the chances of a vehicle rolling over during an accident. Rollover accidents can also occur because of road defects, such as a soft-road shoulder or uneven ground that can cause a motor vehicle to "trip." Other common causes of rollovers include speeding--especially when turning a corner or going around a bend--tire defects, potholes, poor weather condition, and auto malfunctions that can cause the driver to lose control of the car.

There also may auto component failures that can contribute to serious injuries during a rollover crash. For example, a faulty seat belt can cause a passenger to be ejected or crash his/her head against the ceiling. Poorly constructed vehicle roofs can also fail to protect passengers during a rollover accident.

SUV rollover crashes can result in devastating injuries, including head injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, disfigurement, burn injuries, organ damage, paralysis, and death. An experienced Orange County, California rollover crash law firm can help you determine whether or not you have grounds for an injury case against a driver, an auto manufacturer, and/or another responsible party. The sooner you get legal help, the better.

Your Buena Park personal injury lawyer can make sure your vehicle is properly stored so that the evidence it exhibits is preserved, talk to all witnesses, including paramedics and police, go through accident reports and police data, work with accident investigators and experts to examine the crash site, and deal with other matters related to your case.


3 women killed, 2 hurt in fiery crash ID'd, OC Register, August 9, 2011

3 Returning From Crystal Cathedral Service Perish in Fiery Crash, OC Weekly, August 9, 2011

Related Web Resources:
Rollover, PBS

Safercar.gov

More Blog Posts:
California SUV Rollover Lawsuit: US Supreme Court Rejects Ford Appeal Over $82 Million Auto Products Liability Verdict, California Injury Lawyers, December 3, 2009

Anaheim 15-Passenger Van Rollover Accidents Can Result in Spinal Cord Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries, California Injury Lawyers, October 21, 2010

Brea Man Files Huntington Beach Car Accident Lawsuit Blaming the City, California Injury Lawyers, July 7, 2011

Our Anaheim, California SUV crash law firm represents clients throughout Orange County, California, as well as in Riverside County, Los Angeles County, and San Bernardino County. For your free case evaluation, contact Howard Law today.