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4 fatalities linked to California highway accident

The California Highway Patrol continues to investigate a Dec. 26 accident that resulted in four deaths and sent two people to the hospital, reportedly. The Fair Oaks incident happened around 1:30 a.m. on San Juan Avenue.

According to authorities, a 1992 Buick LeSabre with five occupants was heading south along San Juan Avenue when it crossed the centerline and traveled toward oncoming traffic. The Buick collided with a northbound Subaru Outback driven by a 26-year-old man, authorities said. The head-on collision resulted in the Buick catching fire.

Three of the individuals in the Buick did not escape the flaming vehicle and died, officials said. A Fair Oaks resident who witnessed the burning vehicle managed to extract the other two passengers, both women, from the car. One of these women had suffered mortal injuries and died at the scene of the incident. The other received emergency transport to a hospital with critical injuries. The 26-year-old driver of the Subaru was also taken to the hospital, where he in serious condition, authorities reported.

Police indicated that further testing is required to see if alcohol was a contributing factor in the fatal incident. Moreover, investigators needed more time before making official determinations with regard to the cause of the event.

Head-on collisions are often violent enough to cause the degree of property damage, bodily injury and loss of life reported in this Fair Oaks incident. Some are found by investigators to be tragic accidents that could not have reasonably been avoided. Many, though, are the result of a driver's negligence. These accidents inspire not only criminal charges but also civil lawsuits. The injured victims of such collisions may and often do retain legal assistance to file a personal injury claim in civil court, seeking compensation for damages.

Source: Fox News, "4 dead in fiery Northern Calif. car crash", December 26, 2014

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