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2 killed in crash on westbound Highway 101 in Agoura Hills, forcing closure of two lanes

California Highway Patrol officers were investigating an accident early Friday on westbound Highway 101 in Agoura Hills that left two men dead and a passenger in critical condition with major injuries.

The accident occurred about 4:40 a.m. and has forced the closure of the freeway's two right lanes for a couple hundred yards near Reyes Adobe Road, probably until mid-morning, said CHP Officer Ed Jacobs.

A compact car was heading west when it drifted off the highway and collided with the rear of a big-rig stopped on the shoulder, Jones said. The driver and front passenger, both men in their 20s, were killed.

The identities of the two victims were not immediately available. 

A backseat passenger was taken to a local hospital with major injuries, Jacobs said.

-- Sam Quinones

Photo: Police investigate the crash site where two people died and a third was injured when a car rear-ended a big rig that was parked on the right shoulder of the westbound 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills Friday morning. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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This collision should go against truck driver for being stopped and parked on state highway.......This truck being parked on shoulder is a complete VIOLARION of the California Vehicle Code.................EVERY DRIVER THAT STOPS ON THE FREEWAY OR SHOULDER IS GUILTY OF AN INFRACTION....You must pull completely off freeway, off-ramps and on-ramps are included as part of the Highway

What? It's called the breakdown lane for a reason. The truck probably broke down. Why did these kids drive on the shoulder is the real question..


Why have those yellow boxes there then?

Why did the car hit the truck from behind, when the truck was already in the
shoulder lane?

As far as I can remember, the shoulder lanes do not merge with the other lanes.

Maybe the truck was at fault, maybe the car was at fault, maybe both have some blame for the accident.

I'll wait for more information to come out before pointing fingers.

The car drifted into the shoulder. There is a potential that at 4:30am the driver fell asleep at the wheel. It's an unfortunate and sad accident. The truck driver should not be at any fault for being pulled over on the shoulder. The question would be whether or not he had his flashers on since he was pulled over.

This is a real tragedy especially since those boys were so young. Sometimes we just won't know what happened until all investigation is complete. Yes, the Semi was parked on the shoulder probably because it was down, but we'll never know why the car slammed into it from behind. They could have been falling asleep, trying to avoid something on the freeway and veered off, not knowing that in front of them was the truck that would end their lives so tragically. So so sad


Actually KNOW IT ALL first learn to spell "violation"! Second truck driver stated in news that he had hazard lights flashing on the truck because he had a stopped to check a faulty tire, obviously driver of car was either impaired or had fallen asleep not to have seen this truck, and why was the car being driven on the shoulder lane?

Yeah, there would be no good reason for someone to be driving on the shoulder. Have we already forgotten Phillip Ortiz and how he was just killed by someone driving on the shoulder? That truck being there possibly saved some other innocent victims from being plowed into, so imo, it's a blessing in disguise.


You do not know anything about trucks and also not much about the law. The shoulder is called the emergency lane, its there for vehicles that may have an EMERGENCY. A flat tire is an emergency if the driver would of kept going the tire could of come off or caught fire. As for the driver getting off the ramp, do you know this area? Do you know if there is enough room and space for a 60+'long 13'6" tall vehicle? I do work in this area. The trucker was trying to be safe, it’s too bad that many car drivers cant drive safe.

I bet if a trucker crashes at 4am the first you safe is the driver must of fell asleep, but if a car crashes you blame the truck again for being on the road.

First of all this was an accident. The issue right now is not who is at fault. There was 2 young lives lost, almost 3. Where is the compassion in the world? All you are arguing over is who's fault it is. I personally know the family that lost the 2 young men in the crash. Everyone really needs to take a look and think about the families that are involved here. What if it was your family? What if this happened to you? Would you really want people showing no feelings or sympathy towards your loss? I think everyone needs to keep there opinion to themselves and let the family mourn there losses. Like the saying goes, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."


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