Heavy fog was cited as a factor in a fatal accident early Tuesday morning on Interstate 5 in Stockton. A man who was pushing a disabled car was struck and killed by another vehicle.
A man was pushing his disabled vehicle on the freeway in the heavy fog. There was no shoulder where he could pull over or walk to safety because of road construction.Another car came up from behind at freeway speed and did not see the man because of the heavy fog. That car slammed into the man and his vehicle.
The man died immediately. Police said fog was a factor but didn’t yet know if the driver also was at fault.
The deadly freeway crash occurred at about 3:30 a.m., according to a KCRA News report.California Highway Patrol officer Troy Rivers said the fog was so thick that visibility was limited to about 100 feet at the time.
“At freeway speed, that’s a blink of an eye,” Rivers said.
A motorist called the CHP to report that a man who appeared to be in his 20s was pushing a disabled Chevrolet Malibu on southbound I-5 near March Lane, ABC Channel 10 News reported. There are no shoulders on that part of the freeway due to construction on the road.
As police were responding, a Honda Accord traveling about 60 mph slammed into the man and his car from the rear. The driver said that he did not see the man because of the dense fog. When he did see the man, the driver swerved to try to avoid hitting him but it was too late.