A big rig driver was killed when he crashed into another tractor-trailer on northbound Interstate 5 early Tuesday, strewing produce across the roadway and prompting its closure.
The accident occurred on I-5 north of Leucadia Boulevard in the Encinitas area around 12:50 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt.
A 33-year-old Tijuana man was driving a 2006 Freightliner packed with fruits and vegetables to Los Angeles when he felt the impact of another big rig crashing into the rear of his truck, Bettencourt said in a statement.
Upon impact, the rear vehicle overturned and became engulfed in flames, trapping and killing its driver at the scene, he said. The driver’s name was not immediately released.
The burned-out big rig was also hauling produce. Tens of thousands of pounds of jackfruit, tomatoes, green beans and bananas were strewn across the roadway, along with diesel fuel.
The driver of the first big rig was unhurt.
Shortly before 5 a.m., one lane of the freeway was opened to traffic. The rest remained closed and were expected to remain closed through the morning.
— City News Service