Fog Causes Deadly Accident Killing Five Migrant Workers

smashed carA catastrophic accident that took the lives of five men may have been caused in part by fog. On Feb. 10, a gold van and a red pickup truck were involved in an accident on Highway 4. The Sacramento auto accident occurred in the early morning at about 6:55 a.m. when the two vehicles collided on Highway 4 near Van Allen Road.

The California Highway Patrol, report that the van had a total of six individuals and was heading north on Highway 4 when the van was broadsided by the red pickup as it traveled east. Both of the individuals in the pickup truck and only one of the six individuals in the van survived. The five other passengers in the van all died at the scene.

Law enforcement officials have yet to identify the five victims who did not survive. According to the Mexican Consulate, some of the victims may have been Mexican citizens. The men in the van were all migrant farm workers who were on their way to prune grape vines as day laborers. Aside from the driver who survived, the other five passengers in the van did not seem to be wearing a seatbelt.

This terrible accident will devastate the lives of the men’s families. The accident scene was littered with personal belongings including the men’s lunches that were strewn across the highway.

Officials suspect that low visibility conditions caused by the fog contributed to the seriousness of the accident. At the time of the accident, visibility was 100-200 feet. The fog was created as the cold air passed over warm land or water. The accident occurred along the waterways of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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