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Commercial-vehicle crashes triple in Chico

California Highway Patrol said crashes involving commercial vehicles has tripled since last year.

Posted: Jun 24, 2019 6:09 PM

CHICO, Calif. - California Highway Patrol said crashes involving commercial vehicles has tripled since last year.

Cal OES is running anywhere from 1,500-2,000 trucks per day, some of which are making multiple trips, according to CHP. 

In total, there are about 3,500-4,000 trips being made each day to and from the Camp Fire burn scar. 

One driver, who wished to remain anonymous, said the drivers have a lot of pressure on them which he thinks has caused some of them to drive while tired. 

"It's all about making that money," he said. "So they run too many hours and there's going to be - well, there's already been - a bunch of accidents."

However, CHP officers said they are not seeing a lot of reckless driving coming from the truck drivers. 

"In general, I am not seeing them speed, I am not seeing them commit very many moving violations, but it only takes one or two trucks to kind of ruin it for the rest of the guys," said Blair Parrott, a CHP officer. 

Parrott said there are laws drivers of commercial vehicles need to follow. One of the biggest dangers is people getting impatient and trying to pass the trucks, he said. 

From Jan. 1 through June 24 in 2018, there were five commercial vehicle accidents in the Chico CHP's jurisdiction. This year, from January to June, there have been 16 crashes involving commercial vehicles. 

Although there are many debris-removal trucks making the trip each day, CHP said the statistics do not indicate if the vehicles involved are debris-removal trucks from the Camp Fire.

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