Bakersfield, CA Chain Reaction Crash, Jun 2000


Bakersfield, Calif. - A fiery wreck left five people dead, including Deputy PETER HILLMAN, 47, the van driver, and the three prisoners he was transporting.
Among the four people injured in Thursday's wreck was U. S. Marshal MIKE DELPUPO, 49, who made it out of the prisoner van alive. The inmates, who were shackled in their seats, were "burnt beyond recognition," said Tehachapi prison spokesman Vince McLaughlin. No other inmates were in the van.
The accident, which occurred around 2 p.m. Thursday just north of Bakersfield, involved the prisoner van, two tractor-trailers, a pickup truck and two cars, the California Highway Patrol said.
CHP officials said they believe two tractor-trailers driving in opposite directions sideswiped each other, possibly after one of them suffered a blown tire.

The Daily Journal Vineland New Jersey 2000-06-10