Big Rig Overturns, Woman, 72, Dies Near Cupertino

By 1:30, a "severe traffic alert" was still being issued for the area of Wolfe Road and southbound Interstate Highway 280.

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012  |  Updated 2:39 PM PDT
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A 72-year-old woman died Tuesday on a highway near Cupertino, after her Regal Buick rear-ended a big rig whose driver got out of vehicle to help another overturned big rig, according tot he California Highway Patrol.

A 72-year-old woman died Tuesday on a highway near Cupertino, after her Regal Buick rear-ended a big rig whose driver got out of vehicle to help another overturned big rig, according tot he California Highway Patrol.

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A 72-year-old woman died Tuesday on a highway near Cupertino, after her Regal Buick rear-ended a big rig whose driver got out of vehicle to help another overturned big rig, according tot he California Highway Patrol.
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A 72-year-old Sunnyvale woman, identified as Sixta Garcia,  died Tuesday on a highway near Cupertino, after her Regal Buick rear-ended a big rig whose driver got out of vehicle to help another overturned big rig, according tot he California Highway Patrol.

By 1:30, a "severe traffic alert" was still being issued for the area of Wolfe Road and southbound Interstate Highway 280.

CHP Officer DJ Sarabia said a big rig carrying dirt overturned about 11 a.m. at that intersection - the preliminary indication was that the driver took the ramp too fast.

A driver in a second big rig hopped out of his vehicle to assist, Sarabia said. At that point, Garcia, driving a 1991 Regal Buick rear-ended the big rig that had stopped on the side of the road, and died.

The Santa Clara County Coroner had not released her name by early Tuesday afternoon.

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