Two mothers, four children killed when big rig rear ends
On the morning of June 28, a minivan carrying two Bay Area families burst into flames on Interstate 5 in Gorman after getting rear-ended by a tractor trailer, killing two mothers and their four children trapped inside.
The fiery crash was reported just before 4 a.m. in the southbound lanes south of Gorman School Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The Toyota Sienna van had apparently been in a minor crash with a BMW and stopped between the slow lane and shoulder when a semi-truck going about 55 mph slammed into the van from behind, causing it to tumble down an embankment, where it erupted in flames.
The two fathers, 34-year-old Aaron Hon Wing Ng of San Francisco and 45-year-old Wei Xiong Li of Daly City, sustained burns on their faces and arms while trying to save their wives and four children, who were ages 2, 3, 4, and 5 years old. Authorities had to hold them back as the flames consumed the minivan.
Li and Ng were flown to an area hospital with moderate injuries.
The tragic truck accident is under investigation.