Ivan Rivera Injured in Big Rig Accident on 5 Freeway [Buttonwillow, CA]
Ivan Rivera Hurt after Buttonwillow Big Rig Accident on 5 Freeway
BUTTONWILLOW, CA (December 21, 2019) – A man identified as 45-year-old Ivan Rivera was hurt in an accident on 5 Freeway on Thursday, December 19.
The California Highway Patrol said at around 1:15 a.m., Rivera drove a 1995 Volkswagen Passat. He traveled southbound on 5 Freeway north of Rowlee Road. Then the vehicle veered off the road and struck the center median.
The department said Rivera over-corrected and steered the vehicle to the right. The vehicle then moved across all lanes of traffic, into a dirt depression and finally through a barbed-wire fence.
Rivera was able to get out of the vehicle. He then walked east along southbound I-5 to the center median. After that, he turned around to head back to his vehicle, at which point he entered the path of a 2012 Freightliner.
The CHP said the truck driver, 38-year-old Alejandro Maciel, tried to steer to the left to prevent hitting Rivera. Yet, he still ended up hitting him. The impact threw Rivera onto the right shoulder of the highway. Medics rushed him to Kern Medical Center for treatment.
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