Doyle, CA Tractor Trailer And Auto Crash, June 1994


Doyle, Calif. - The accident occurred shortly after 8 a.m. near Doyle, 40 miles north of Reno.
Witnesses said a Chevrolet Camaro with seven people - four children and three adults - was traveling north on Highway 395 at a high rate of speed, according to Schwartz.
Just south of Doyle, on a straight section of road, the Camaro crossed the center line and struck a tractor-trailer rig, an empty explosives truck returning to Nevada, Schwartz said.
Two adults and three children were pronounced dead at the scene. One was a child in a restraining seat, Schwartz said.
"This was such a grinder, it was one accident where a seat belt made no difference," he said. "The Camaro was crushed like a pancake. We couldn't even find the speedometer."
One of the adults was flown to Washoe Medical Center in critical condition with major head injuries. An 8-year-old girl, with moderate injuries, was taken to Washoe by ambulance, said Schwartz.
The two occupants of the tractor-trailer rig sustained minor injuries.
CHP officials withheld the names of those involved in the accident until their families could be notified. The group in the Camaro apparently left Fresno around 1 a.m. Friday morning and had been driving all night, said Schwartz.
They were headed for Susanville to visit an inmate at the California Correctional Center, he said. The inmate was taken to the Lassen County morgue to identify the victims, some of whom had no identification.

Santa Cruz Sentinel California 1994-06-11