Man injured in I-580 rollover
by Glenn Moore
Sep 14, 2012 | 7825 views | 18 18 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rollover on Interstate 580
A California Highway Patrol officer investigates the scene where a Nissan Pathfinder crashed off Interstate 580 into a field on Friday, Sept. 14.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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A 58-year-old man was seriously injured when the Nissan Pathfinder he was driving on Interstate 580 rolled over and into a field on Friday, Sept. 14.

The SUV was driving east on I-580 near the Mountain House Parkway exit at a “high rate of speed” at around 2:00 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol officer David Armstrong.

Witnesses told police that the SUV veered left into the grass median, crossed over westbound lanes and went into a field north of the road, Armstrong said.

The Pathfinder then crashed through a chain-linked fence at the edge of the freeway embankment and began to roll across the field approximately 20 times, Armstrong said witnesses told police.

A produce hopper, about 200 feet from the edge of the freeway, stopped the vehicle from rolling farther.

Armstrong said the driver sustained serious injuries including trauma to the back of his head.

Police declined to release the man’s name at the scene.

The driver was freed from the wreckage by Tracy fire crews and flown by medical helicopter to a Modesto hospital.

No other vehicles or passengers were involved in the crash and the freeway remained open to afternoon commuter traffic.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation by CHP officers.

• Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com.

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shelly13
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September 18, 2012
Who cares what other people are driving. Really? This is America. Drive what you want. I have a large family, thus I prefer SUV's. But I'm not going to bash the guy next to me driving a little car. OK maybe except for that teeny tiny car that came out recently. I don't know what it is called, but it cracks me up.

Sounds to me like this was possibly a medical emergency or fall asleep at the wheel kind of thing. He was not necessarily doing something stupid. Possibly, but not necessarily. Be careful out there everyone. :)
mrmnfallacy
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September 17, 2012
jonpaul, have you rolled your SUV lately? Its not a question of if, but when...just check the statistics. Feeling a little invincible in that big SUV are you, sport...?
jonpaul
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September 17, 2012
While I'm checking those stats....why don't you check the stats of survivability in your little foreign car....and let me know. I have never been in an accident...and the people that roll their SUVs are driving way over their head..if you don't respect the vehicle you are driving, they will bite you...this is why we have speed laws as well as many other traffic laws that if were followed, there would be many many less issues.
Bird_Man
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September 19, 2012
Hey there fallacy... Took your advice. Checked the statistics and found:

"...In addition to earning good ratings for rollover protection, the Equinox, Grand Cherokee, Highlander, Sorento, and Venza also earn the Institute's Top Safety Pick award. To achieve this, a vehicle has to earn good ratings for occupant protection in front, side, rear, and rollover crashes. It also has to have electronic stability control..." (comes from iihs.org)

Kind of blows up the 100% of SUVs are going to roll idea you are trying to spout off about.

Also found this in my searches:

fallacy [ˈfæləsɪ]

n pl -cies

1. an incorrect or misleading notion or opinion based on inaccurate facts or invalid reasoning

2. unsound or invalid reasoning

3. the tendency to mislead

4. (Philosophy / Logic) Logic an error in reasoning that renders an argument logically invalid

Found that fitting. Love the name.

Keep up the good work.
jonpaul
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September 17, 2012
I agree that all drivers at time drive without due caution, or just drive bad. Its amazing how many of these little cars don't have turn signals...either that or the drivers are just too dumb to know how to use them. But, I will stick with my LARGE vehicles...I don't care about gas mileage...I want my family around to be able to buy gas..Case in point...a few years back, a foreign car driver (Toyota) pulled out in front of my wife in her LARGE SUV. Well, lucky for them, nobody died, but they had to cut the roof off the Toyota to get them out and fly them to the hospital...our car....well, it was drivable until our new grill came in....amazing that people would put their lives in the hands of the foreign car makers! Now Prius drivers...well, they are a whole other topic...they should not be on our roadways at all!!
Rd_runner
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September 17, 2012
That's nice that you can afford the luxury of a large vehicle for your family, you are truly blessed. Not all of us have that luxury, jonpaul. And some people are grateful just to have a car to go and from work to provide for their family. Domestic OR imported.
jonpaul
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September 17, 2012
mrmnfallacy:

your description of his vehicle as an "ugly behemoth" is not accurate. It may be ugly cause it ia a foreign car (which you probably drive...and I'm guessing a Honda or Toyota)but it is not a large vehicle. I LOVE my GMC Denali XL because it is HUGE and will protect my family from you little foreign car drivers that think you are driving on a race track...I will gladly go "head-on" with you...and lets see who walks away.
Wobbley
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September 17, 2012
LOL, SUV drivers that think they are invulnerable and drive that way too. you know them. Zipping in and out of traffic and forget the fact that they have turn signals. See them on 580 every night.
Nicki2
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September 16, 2012
WHY must everyone on here jump to conclusions that the driver MUST have been doing something stupid that caused the wreck? REALLY? There are many reasons the wreck could have happened and lots of them would not be their fault. People need to start thinking before shooting off their mouths as to what they THINK happened. I can bet that if it had been you or a family friend/member you would be upset if people were jumping to conclusions about you.

tlcinsf thank you for being a good person and stopping. I can only hope that if I am ever in trouble like that, that someone like you comes to my aid.
tlcinsf
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September 15, 2012
I was the sole car heading west bound that saw this accident and stopped. It was HORRIBLE. He came across the traffic at incredibly high speed hit a chain link fence and then rolled 10-20 times landing in his car 200 feet into a field. The only guess I could have is this poor man suffered cardiac arrest and was slumped onto accelerator. Please pray for him. Also I was appalled that no one else my directioon stopped since it was obviously a lifetreatening crash. After locating where the truck rolled to.....was difficult and no one would have found him for awhile if I didnt stop. i then flagged down someone off the freeway to help me.....another 50 cars passed a well dressed white woman flagging arms in obvious distress. It is incredible sad state of human race the apathy I witnessed yesterday. thank you to the man who finally stopped and the east bound man who witnessed the accident and turned around to help. I am still in shock.
Sneaky
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September 15, 2012
Great job of jumping in when someone needed it. We need more folks who are willing to stop and help, rather than worrying that they will lose 5 minutes and miss their chance to stop at starbucks before the get to work.
mrmnfallacy
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September 15, 2012
...yet another SUV rollover as a consequence of some clown who thinks he's driving a sports car, right sport? These ugly behemoths are just itching to roll over and put all others in harms way when in an accident
doors17
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September 15, 2012
Since the article says that he was traveling at high rate of speed, that would be the cause of this accident.

Hopefully he'll make a full recovery and learned a lesson on the dangers of speeding.
Sneaky
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September 15, 2012
High speed is usually a contributing factor rather than a cause. It means increased braking distance, longer distance covered during a maneuver like changing lanes, etc.. It could be a cause if you enter a corner too fast but in this case he was on an arrow straight road. Something else caused him to leave the roadway. Besides "high rate of speed" is a big vague. That could mean anything between 50 and 150 mph for all we know.
Sneaky
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September 15, 2012
It just struck me that high rate of speed is a horrible term. Why dont they just say "high speed"?
Sneaky
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September 14, 2012
Its just a guess but I would bet that the driver fell asleep. Whatever he did was a dumb error but I hope he recovers ok.

Btw, what is with this stretch of road being labelled east-west? 580 runs east-west from 880 to 205, but from 205 on it is blatantly north-south.
Sneaky
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September 15, 2012
A 58 year old texting while driving seems a bit unlikely. I am only 45 and I rarely use text and never while driving. I send or receive maybe 5 texts a month. I bet the average 58 year old does even less. Talking on the phone is a bit more likely but still not exactly a frequent driving habit of the older folks. tlcinsf, in comments above speculated heart attack, which seems like a good guess. One of my neighbors, a guy in his 50s, died that way a few years back. Had a heart attack while driving and went head on with a semi.


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