Family of California trucker files claim over death

Posted on May 04, 2010

The family of Tahir Sheikh Fakhar has filed a claim against the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Fakhar, 56, died last year when his truck fell from the upper deck of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. His family claims Caltrans failed to properly warn drivers of the bridge's new S-curve, which had opened 2 months prior as a part of the eastern span replacement project.


Fakhar, a veteran trucker, died when his truck went over the northern side of the S-curve at 3:30 a.m. The California Highway Patrol investigators believe Fakhar was driving 10 mph over the speed limit as he approached the curve.


The attorney for the family claims this was the first time Fakhar had driven over the bridge since the new curve was installed. Before Fakhar's death, there had been 43 accidents on the curve, though none were fatal.


Since Fakhar's accident, Caltrans has installed warning signs, striping and other indicators to alert drivers approaching the S-curve.

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