Early indications are that tire failure caused an SUV to skid off Interstate 5 yesterday and down an embankment before catching fire. The accident claim the life of Juan Antonio and Belinda Sandoval, their two daughters, ages 11 and 4, and a 6-year-old niece. The family was on their way from San Pedro to Legoland in Carlsbad.
According to witnesses, one of the SUV’s tires blew out and Juan Antonio lost control, but police say skid marks would have to be evaluated before cause can be determined. Witnesses ran to the vehicle to try to help, but the vehicle was engulfed in flames and they couldn’t get close.
This is a real tragedy. The L.A. Times described Juan Antonio as the manager of a Burger King restaurant who had been married to his wife for 12 years. The family lived in San Pedro, and was very close to his extended relatives.
Source: Los Angeles Times
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