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Fairfield woman killed in early morning accident on Highway 12

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Posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 2:41 pm | Updated: 7:06 am, Thu Jul 14, 2011.

A 21-year-old woman was killed early Wednesday morning on Highway 12 when her vehicle collided with a big-rig, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Fairfield resident Kirstin Aksnes died on the scene of the 5:30 a.m. accident, which slowed traffic in both directions for several hours, police said.

The accident occurred as Aksnes drove a 2001 Volkswagen east on the highway at about 55 mph and drifted into oncoming traffic. A 1998 Peterbuilt tractor trailer traveling west applied its brakes, but could not avoid the head-on collision, police said.

The truck's driver and passenger sustained minor injuries and were transported to Lodi Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Both vehicles went off the road as a result of the crash, and the big-rig ended up overturned in a ditch on the north side of the highway, police said.

The truck was transporting energy drinks, and the resulting cleanup and investigation slowed traffic in the area for several hours. The roadway was under one-way traffic control until the early afternoon, according to the CHP's website.

Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at jordang@lodinews.com.

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  • Kim Lee posted at 1:12 pm on Wed, Jul 20, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Very tragic. My condolences to the family of Kirstin Aksnes. May God be with all involved.

  • Account Deleted posted at 7:51 pm on Thu, Jul 14, 2011.

    Jesse Hallum Posts: 57

    Is everyone on vacation? No smarta** comments about how those dangerous trucks should be banned from Hwy 12? How those nasty, hairy, sweaty Truck Drivers are responsible for the deaths of untold millions of innocent motorists?

    If anyone should be banned from this roadway, it should be Class C drivers who have this insane tendency to steer head-on into big trucks. Motorcycle riders are much worse. I watched EMS scrape the last one up with a shovel just a few weeks ago.

    Who will compensate the Truck Driver and his passenger for their pain and suffering? Who will cough up $250,000 to pay for the tractor, trailer and the destroyed load? How about another $50-grand to help the Truck Driver pay his bills and keep his house for the next 6 months while he is in rehab? Hmmm..I don't see anyone here taking up a collection. Very curious indeed.



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