Car hydroplanes underneath big rig on 91 freeway in Anaheim early Sunday – Orange County Register

ANAHEIM — During heavy rain early Sunday, a car hydroplaned into a big rig on the 91 freeway in Anaheim and both drivers escaped without serious injuries, officials said.

The collision occurred shortly after 4 a.m. on the eastbound 91 freeway near the Lemon Street exit, while a woman was driving a Honda sedan on the far left lane and a big rig traveled on the far right lane, Sgt. Pete Kim of the California Highway Patrol’s Westminster Area said.

“Due to the wet surface and her speed on the freeway, she began to hydroplane, lost control of her vehicle and crashed by going underneath the big rig,” he said.

It was unknown immediately after the collision how fast the woman was driving, Kim said. The speed limit on the freeway is 65 mph.

The woman suffered minor abrasions and was transferred to a nearby hospital. The truck driver was unharmed. No passengers were in the vehicles.

Neither driver was suspected of driving under the influence.

Hydroplaning occurs when vehicles run over standing pools of water and their tires lose contact with the road surface, causing drivers to lose control.

“Right when it starts raining, you’ve got to make sure you slow down because the roadways are very slick and it’s very easy for vehicles to hydroplane,” Kim said.

 

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