Ryan Householder was mowing his lawn, which faces the southbound lanes of the highway, in Orland on Thursday when he heard tires screeching. He looked up and watched a horrific accident unfold. "I never thought I'd see that in real life," he said. "That's movies, Hollywood." Householder, 31, stood on his lawn Saturday, on the same spot as two days earlier, to explain to The Times what he'd seen: The FedEx truck, hauling two trailers, was in the slower of two southbound lanes behind a red van. The truck tried to merge into the faster lane, but two cars were there. The truck was not on fire before the accident, he said.
Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times
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