On June 21 just before 7 a.m., Ranvir Singh, a 23-year-old man from Lathrop, California, was driving a white, 2019 Volvo truck tractor, pulling a 2019 Utility trailer westbound on I-10. In the truck with Singh was 20-year-old Gurpreet Kaur, a woman, also from Lathrop. Kaur was in the sleeper compartment of the truck. The refrigerated trailer was loaded with forty thousand pounds of vegetable spread.
Singh was traveling westbound in the #4 lane, at approximately 60 MPH. Just after he crossed over the 8 th Street bridge he allowed his vehicle to drift off the north road edge and onto the north shoulder. Singh lost control of the truck as he attempted to steer it back into the westbound lanes.
The vehicle went down the north embankment, across the 8 th street onramp to westbound I-10 and collided with a block wall, north of the freeway. The impact of the collision caused the trailer to open, spilling its load of Earth Balance butter spread onto the 8th Street onramp. No other vehicles were involved in the collision.
Both the driver and passenger were ground transported by AMR to Desert Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries.
Alcohol, drugs, distraction, mechanical failure and/or fatigue have not been ruled out as contributing factors in the cause of this collision. The incident is being investigated by CHP Officer Patrick Barr.
The 8 th Street onramp to westbound I-10 lane remains closed as crews clean up the spilled load and remove the vehicles.
For further information, telephone interviews, and/or questions contact Public Information Officer Darren Meyer at (951) 769-2000 ext. 238, or after hours at (916) 407-7511.