Victims of Fiery I-5 Accident Identified

A box truck driver is allegedly responsible for a fiery accident that killed three people Monday afternoon, including a 2-year-old girl. Three people remain in the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

The accident started just before 1 p.m. along southbound I-5 between Highway 113 and Highway 102. There is construction near Highway 102 and traffic was slowing in the area.

Three people died at the scene; 53-year-old Robert Taylor and 49-year-old Linda Taylor from Monmouth, Oregon, and 2-year-old La-Nessa Demillo from Tacoma, Washington. The adults who were in the car with the toddler were able to get out of the car, but could not get the child out.

CHP reports the 38-year-old driver of a box truck, identified as Carlos Hernandez of Elk Grove, did not slow down in time and tried to change lanes. In doing so, he clipped several slowed or stopped cars in the southbound lanes.

The impact pushed some cars into the center of the road, and others completely off the road. Five cars and the truck caught fire. A responding CHP officer told FOX40 he could see the smoke from about 20 miles away.

Another seven people were taken to area hospitals, as of Tuesday afternoon four have since been treated and released.

CHP says alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the accident. They do say the box truck driver, Hernandez was traveling at an unsafe speed.