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UPDATE: 1 killed in big rig crash on I-5

Posted: August 27, 2013 7:55 a.m.
Updated: August 27, 2013 5:30 p.m.

A truck driver was killed underneath a flaming tractor trailer Tuesday after his truck rammed into the back of another one stopped on the side of Interstate 5, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The collision around 6 a.m. shut down all the southbound lanes of the freeway until about 7:30 a.m., when one lane was reopened.

Traffic was limited to the No. 1 lane and the center divider for hours following the crash, with additional lanes still closed eight hours later.

The collision occurred after a 2005 Volvo tractor and trailer rig stopped on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes south of Smokey Bear Road, said CHP Sgt. John Lutz. For an unknown reason, the driver of another tractor-trailer rig drifted to the right of the freeway, and his tractor slammed into the back trailer of the Volvo.

The second truck immediately caught fire, which spread to the first truck, according to reports from the scene. The driver of the second truck got out of his cab and attempted to crawl to safety under the Volvo trailer, Lutz said.

But the rear portion of the trailer collapsed on the driver, pinning him, Lutz said. The man died of his injuries, the sergeant said.

The driver of the Volvo, identified as 55-year-old Jose A. Gomez of Hesperia, was able to escape from his vehicle and was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, Lutz said.

Northbound traffic was not affected by the crash.

An investigation into the collision was under way.








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