Driving a car although convenient, can carry a high risk of colliding with other cars. Most accidents occur due to negligence or lack of attention. To prevent collisions it is important that a driver practice defensive driving techniques. On occasion, collisions cannot always be avoided. This was the case for two occupants driving on I-5 near Woodland.
According to authorities at the California Highway Patrol, a 16-year-old Chico boy was driving south on Interstate 5 when for an unknown reason collided with a van traveling beside him. The result of that collision caused the boy and his passenger in the car to slide onto the northbound lane with oncoming traffic in the path of a semi-truck. Fortunately, the truck was able to avoid the collision.
Unfortunately, the 16-year-old driver suffered moderate to major injuries and had to be airlifted by a REACH helicopter in order to prevent more injuries already sustained. All other individuals involved in the accident suffered little to no injuries. Interstate 5 was congested due to the accident for a few hours while authorities cleaned and removed debris. Authorities are still investigating whether or not alcohol was involved.
Accidents are an unfortunate part of driving but sometimes they can be avoided by taking precautions such as maintaining a safe distance from all cars at all times. Also, it is important to remain alert, especially during the holiday season.